Downs, Deprey win medals at World Masters races in Minnesota
He finished third among 30 men as was the top finishing American with a time of 1 hour, 08 minutes, 26 seconds.
He was the lone U.S. skier among the top seven.
The elite competition brought out the best in Downs, who in less than a year shaved 19 seconds off his winning 30K time from the 2017 Sven Johansson race in Anchorage.
Anchorage’s Reno Deprey claimed silver in the men’s 5K classic in the 85-89 age group.
The 87-year-old skier finished the race in 27:28.