VAL-D'ISERE - Switzerland's Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden recorded her first World Cup win Saturday, triumphing in the downhill at Val-d'Isere. The 27-year-old, in a time of 1min 47.28sec, finished 0.29sec ahead of Slovenia's Tina Maze, with Austria's Cornelia Huetter in third position a further 0.23sec adrift. But the event down the 2.9km-long course in brilliant sunshine was marred by several crashes with Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn skiing out. France's Marie Marchand-Arvier, the world super-G silver medallist, also came a cropper, landing heavily on her right shoulder and being evacuated off the Oreiller Killy (OK) piste. Kaufmann-Abderhalden followed up on her good form in Lake Louise, where she finished second and fourth in the two downhills.–AFP