LAKE LOUISE - Italy’s Dominik Paris won the first downhill of the men’s alpine World Cup season Saturday, clocking 1min 49.90sec to edge Austrian Klaus Kroell. Kroell was second at snowy Lake Louise in 1:49.93, and France’s Adrien Theaux was third in 1:50.01. In a season that will be highlighted by the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February, Kroell’s podium finish was an important marker for the 33-year-old skier who had a second operation on his left arm just last month. The winner of the 2011-12 World Cup downhill globe broke his humerus in a fall during the super-G in last season’s final weekend of racing at the Swiss resort of Lenzerheide. After a first surgery in Switzerland, a second operation was needed to remove scar and bone tissue that was compressing a nerve.–AFP