Best photos from 2018 Kitzbuhel downhill

Updated 1744 GMT (0144 HKT) January 20, 2018
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Surprise winner: Germany's Thomas Dressen pulled off a shock win with his first World Cup victory -- and in the legendary Kitzbuhel downhill. Alain Grosclaude/Getty Images
History maker: Dressen earned only his second World Cup podium finish and became the first German since 1979 to win the revered Kitzbuhel downhill. Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
On the podium: Dressen won from Swiss Beat Feuz (left), who was the victor in Wengen last week, and 2014 champion Hannes Reichelt of Austria (right). Alain Grosclaude/Getty Images
Party town: A crowd of about 45,000 turned out to watch the famous race, which plunges down the Hahnenkamm mountain to finish in the town. HANS GRODER/AFP/Getty Images
Carnival atmosphere: The race weekend is a huge occasion with vast crowds flocking to see the racing and revel in Kitzbuhel's cobbled streets. JOHANN GRODER/AFP/Getty Images
Chocolate box: Kitzbuhel is a former silver mining town with a pretty, pedestrianized medieval center in the heart of Austria's Tyrol region. JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
Going, going...: Austrian Patrick Schweiger tangles with a gate during the infamous race, the scariest and hairiest on the World Cup circuit. Hans Bezard/Getty Images
...Gone: American skier Jared Goldberg hits the safety nets on the difficult Streif run in Kitzbuhel. HANS KLAUS TECHT/AFP/Getty Images
He's back!: Actor, politician and muscle man Arnold Schwarzenegger is a regular visitor to the legendary race. Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images
Speed merchant: Former Formula One world champion Niki Lauda of Austria is another Hahnenkamm fan. Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images
Celeb-tastic: Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was also among the crowd. Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images
National pride: Dressen celebrated with the rest of his German teammates after the historic win. Alain Grosclaude/Getty Images