Skiing: Switzerland's Patrick Kueng the suprise winner in Beaver Creek
Switzerland's Patrick Kueng was the surprise winner of Saturday's World Cup super G race in Beaver Creek.
Last Updated: 07/12/13 10:21pm
The 29-year-old had never won a World Cup race before but covered the distance in one minute 21.73 seconds to top the podium ahead of Austrian Otmar Striedinger, who finished a creditable second in 1:21.97.
Fellow Austrian Hannes Reichelt finished tied for third with Peter Fill of Italy, with the pair posting a time of 1:22.11 on the Birds of Prey course.
Kueng had only two podium finishes to his name before this race, both in downhill, and was understandably delighted with his performance.
"It's a really strong group of guys competing right now and it is not so easy to get on the podium so I am especially happy with today's result," said Kueng on www.fis-ski.com.
"I had a good line at the bottom and was able to keep my momentum through the flatter part. That helped me a lot today."
Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal was aiming for a record fifth successive super G win but had to settle for seventh place and a time of 1:22.34.
The skiers will return to the course on Sunday for a giant slalom.