AUS­TRIAN WINS 2ND STRAIGHT DOWN­HILL

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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