AUSTRIAN WINS 2ND STRAIGHT DOWNHILL
Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria won a World Cup downhill for the second straight day in Alberta.
Schmidhofer was even faster Saturday than she was in Friday’s season opener with a time of 1 minute, 47.68 seconds.
Teammate Cornelia Hutter was second, 0.44 seconds behind. Michelle Gisin of Switzerland was third, 0.47 seconds back. Max Franz of Austria conquered the snow and fog in Colorado for his first World Cup super-G victory.
Racing was delayed an hour as course workers cleared a considerable amount of snow from the track. With snowflakes still falling, Franz found just a little more speed in a tightly contested event.
He finished in 1 minute, 1.91 seconds, holding off Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland by 0.33 seconds.
Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger is still perfect in this World Cup luge season. And Emily Sweeney delivered the first U.S. medal of the year.
Geisenberger improved to 3-for-3 on the young season, with the reigning Olympic champion winning the women’s race at the World Cup stop in Whistler, British Columbia. Germany’s Julia Taubitz won the silver, and Sweeney held on for third in her first race of the season.