Squaw Valley's Ganong wins World Cup downhill race

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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) Travis Ganong won a men's World Cup downhill race Friday, with American teammate Steven Nyman and French skier Valentin Giraud-Moine both airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

The race was held up for half an hour while Giraud-Moine, who was second in Kitzbuehel and on course for a top-10 finish in Garmisch, received attention after losing control and crashing into the net near spectators.

The French Ski Federation said in a statement that Giraud-Moine has dislocated both knees.

Nyman crashed shortly before, after a jump into the netting. His season is also over after suffering a serious knee injury.

"Quick update. My season is over but aside from my knee everything is okay. Time for some surgery and healing. I WILL BE BACK!" the American said on Twitter.

Ganong claimed his second World Cup win in 1 minute, 53.71 seconds, beating Kjetil Jansrud by 0.38 seconds and Peter Fill by 0.52.

The race had been rescheduled from Wengen, Switzerland, where heavy snow forced the classic Lauberhorn downhill to be canceled on Jan. 14.

Another downhill is scheduled for Saturday but there are likely to be changes made to the course, with many skiers grateful simply to finish on a day of seven crashes in all.

"It wasn't easy today," said Ganong, the first American to win in Garmisch.

Erik Guay crashed spectacularly, though the Canadian escaped with just minor injuries and was able to wave at the camera.

"Bumps and bruises but I'm thankful to have skied away from that crash with nothing major! Thanks for all the well wishes," the 2011 world champion said on Twitter.

Lindsey Vonn, who crashed during a World Cup downhill training session on Friday in Cortina D'ampezzo, Italy, tweeted: "I can't watch the race in Garmisch any more. Too many injuries and crashes. This is crazy!!!"

Jansrud leads the downhill standings after the fourth race, with 202 points, three ahead of Fill and 34 ahead of Dominik Paris of Italy.

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