Kostelic makes history

first_img The USBSF picked its skeleton and women’s bobsled teams; the nine-member men’s bobsled team will be formally announced Monday. Suspended skeleton coach Tim Nardiello, who has been accused of sexual harassment, will be among the names sent this week by the federation to the U.S. Olympic Committee for final approval. The USOC is investigating the claims against Nardiello and the coach’s conduct, and has final say over which athletes and coaches will be part of the American delegation for the Turin Olympics next month. The USOC must finalize its roster by Jan. 30. Lueders on track: Pierre Lueders of Canada won his second straight World Cup event, setting a track record in the four-man race in Koenigsee, Germany. Lueders, who won the two-man race on this fast track, teamed with Ken Kotyk, Morgan Alexander and Lascelles Brown to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 37.26 seconds. The Canadian quartet set the track record on the first run with a time of 48.42 seconds. Todd Hays of the United States was fourth after the first run but finished second as his unit clocked 1:37.46. Rene Spies of Germany took third in 1:37.57. Also: Enrico Fabris became the first Italian to win a men’s title at the European Speedskating Championships in Hamar, Norway. Claudia Pechstein of Germany won the women’s gold medal. … Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich of Germany celebrated their first World Cup luge win this season, capturing a doubles race on the Olympic track in Igls, Austria. Silke Kraushaar of Germany won the women’s event and is only one point from winning the overall World Cup title. … Philipp Schoch of Switzerland won the final of the men’s parallel giant slalom in Plan de Corones, Italy, for his third World Cup snowboard win this season. World Cup leader Daniela Meuli of Switzerland won the women’s parallel GS. … Hannu Manninen of Finland clinched his seventh World Cup victory of the season in Nordic combined in a 7.5-kilometer event in Predazzo, Italy. … Liv Grete Poiree of Norway beat Kati Wilhelm in a photo finish to win in a World Cup women’s 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit race in Ruhpolding, Germany. In the men’s 12.5K pursuit, Michael Roesch of Germany earned his first career biathlon World Cup victory… Christian Zorzi of Italy edged World Cup leader Tobias Angerer in a dramatic sprint finish to win the men’s 40-kilometer relay race in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Finland took the women’s 20K relay ahead of Russia and Norway. … Roar Ljoekelsoey of Norway led his country to a second consecutive team ski flying world championship in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Janica Kostelic, the three-time Olympian, captured her first World Cup super-G, becoming the first woman to claim wins in six different disciplines on the skiing circuit. “It’s funny. I feel like laughing, like crying – it was my goal,” Kostelic said. She finished in 1 minute, 9.41 seconds on a demanding slope in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, .10 ahead of Austrians Michaela Dorfmeister and Alexandra Meissnitzer, the season’s top two super-G racers who tied for second place. Kirsten Clark of the United States was fourth in 1:09.63. Americans Libby Ludlow was seventh and Julia Mancuso was 13th. Kostelic claimed her first World Cup downhill Saturday and her first giant slalom on the tour three weeks ago. Among her 24 World Cup wins, She has captured all five main disciplines, the giant slalom, downhill, slalom, super-G and combined, and also won in the new super-combi race. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Kostelic, who had never done better than second in the super-G, is the runaway leader in the overall standings. She has 982 points to Dorfmeister’s 730, with Anja Paerson of Sweden third at 685. Rocca wins again: Giorgio Rocca won his fifth consecutive slalom race Sunday in Wengen, Switzerland, joining Alberto Tomba, Ingemar Stenmark and Marc Girardelli as the only men to accomplish that feat in a single season. “It is a big honor to have my name in the history of skiing,” said Rocca, who finished with a combined time of 1 minutes, 42.28 seconds. Overall World Cup champion Bode Miller’s day wasn’t nearly as successful. Miller was 20th in the opening run after going sideways following a tight turn, and brushing his right hip on the snow before pulling off another trademark recovery. He switched to a different pair of skis and delivered the day’s fastest second run to finish in eighth place with a time of 1:43.67. Bobsled team hands out spots: Returning gold medalist Vonetta Flowers was among nine athletes awarded Olympic spots by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. last_img

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