Beat Feuz claims downhill title; Austrians tie for race win

ARE, Sweden -- Beat Feuz finished ahead of Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal to win the season-long World Cup downhill title Wednesday.

Austrian teammates Vincent Kriechmayr and Matthias Mayer shared the race win at the World Cup finals, finishing 0.04 seconds ahead of Feuz and 0.12 ahead of Svindal.

In the discipline standings, Feuz ended up 70 points ahead of Svindal, thanks in large part to his victories in Lake Louise, Alberta; Wengen, Switzerland; and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Feuz becomes the first Swiss racer to claim the title since Didier Cuche won the last of his four crystal globes in 2011.

It was also a measure of revenge for Feuz, who took bronze behind Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud in the Olympic downhill.

Kriechmayr and Mayer gave the once-dominant Austrian team its first downhill win of the season.

Super-G races are scheduled for Thursday in Are, which will host next season's world championships.