Peter Fill dramatically snatched the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill globe from under the nose of Kjetil Jansrud by claiming second place in Aspen on Wednesday.
Jansrud went into the final speed race of the season with a 33-point advantage over Fill, but the Norwegian could not find his rhythm on the 2,855-metre course.
He was under pressure from the start as Dominik Paris and Fill set blistering times before he even left the starting gate, and that took its toll, with Jansrud always in the red as he battled with the piste.
Paris set the standard with a superb time of one minute 33.07 seconds and that proved enough to claim the race win, and secure third place in the discipline standings.
When defending champion Fill produced a run just eight hundredths behind his fellow Italian he laid down the gauntlet for Jansrud, but a second downhill globe was not forthcoming.
Jansrud had to settle for 11th, bringing him 24 points, while Fill's second spot secured 80 to give him the globe by 23 points.