Paris become the first Italian skier to win a men's World Cup race this season when he charged down the Stelvio course, one of the longest and most challenging on the circuit, in one minute 56.95 seconds.
Paris snatches downhill victory from Svindal in thrilling run
He finished four hundredths inside the previous best time set by Svindal whose fellow Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud was third.
Second-placed Svindal secured his tenth podium finish in his last 12 outings and his 73rd overall in his career.
Slalom specialist Marcel Hirscher, who did not race on Thursday, leads the overall World Cup standings followed by Henrik Kristoffersen in second, Svindal third and Jansrud fourth. Svindal leads the season's downhill standings.
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