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“He was very consistent this season. It was just time until he got the victory,” said Reichelt, adding wryly that he was “getting closer” after placing third last year.

Starting four racers after No. 12 Kueng, Svindal said the crowd roars told him who was leading.

“You didn’t need a radio at the start to hear that the Swiss were doing good,” said the Norwegian, whose career-best Lauberhorn finish padded his leads in the overall and downhill standings.

Two-time defending champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria can regain the overall lead by winning the slalom on Sunday.

Miller continues to show good form in downhill, finishing 0.35 back after a tailwind died at the start and making a mistake in the same spot that troubled Reichelt.

“I waited in the start for as long as I could hoping a wind would come up because it was there for a few guys,” he told broadcaster NBC Universal.

Kueng’s Olympics place is assured this time if he avoids injury, including next weekend at Austria’s classic in Kitzbuehel, though his focus on Saturday was all about the World Cup.

“I think it’s the best place to win a race,” he said. “The Olympics is a big, big event but I would like to remind you that a Swiss winning in Wengen is a big deal for us.”