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Travis Ganong Is First American Skier To Win Garmisch Downhill; Steven Nyman Airlifted With Knee Injury

By Associated Press | Jan. 27, 2017, 12:42 p.m. (ET)

Travis Ganong celebrates after his downhill run at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Jan. 27, 2017 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- 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.

Giraud Moine is likely to have broken bones in both legs, World Cup men's race director Markus Waldner said.

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.

Nyman crashed shortly before, after a jump. He may have suffered a serious knee injury.

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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!!!"

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