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  Killy Completes Ski Triple After Protest Refused

Associated Press
Sunday, February 18, 1968; Page C1

 Disqualifications of two of Jean-Claude Killy's rivals in the slalom somewhat tarnished his Alpine triple crown.
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GRENOBLE, France, Feb. 17 — French superstar Jean-Claude Killy sped through thick fog and thicker controversy today to complete a triple-gold-medal sweep and emerge as the unchallenged king of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games.

The 24-year-old mod marvel, rival to Gen. Charles de Gaulle as France's reigning national hero, became the second man in Olympic history to annex the Alpine triple crown with a partially tainted triumph in the rhubarb-plagued special slalom race.

Killy's victories in the downhill, giant slalom, and special slalom equaled the gold medal coup previously engineered only by Austrian ace Toni Sailer in the 1956 Games.

The French star's first two conquests came with relative ease, but he needed plenty of help today — and got it when two rivals were disqualified on the second heat after each had beaten his total time.

Monti, Ellefsaeter Win
The ensuing hassle over the status of one of the ousted skiers, Karl Schranz of Austria, rubbed some of the luster off Killy's climactic victory after Eugenio Monti, Italy's 40-year-old bobsledding daredevil, and Ole Ellefsaeter, Norway's rugged cross-country skier, each captured a second gold medal.

Norway virtually clinched the medal lead with Ellefsaeter's triumph, breaking Russian domination of the past three Winter Olympics.

Monti, who had won nine world championships but never had taken an Olympic gold medal before his triumph in the two-man competition on Sunday, piloted Italy's four-man sled to a narrow victory over Austria. Ellefsaeter, a member of the winning 4 x 10-kilometer cross country relay team, gave Norway its sixth gold medal by taking the 50-kilometer individual race.

Sweden's Johnny Hoeglin upset Fred Anton Maier of Norway in the men's 10,000-meter speedskating test, fourth of the five finals on the next-to-last day of the Games.

Russians Crush Canada
Russia's defending champions crushed Canada, 5-0, to capture the gold medal in the final match of the hockey competition tonight. Czechoslovakia, which lost its chance for the title when held to a 2-2 deadlock by Sweden in an afternoon game, took the silver medal and the Canadians settled for the bronze.

Russia finished with a 6-1 record, the Czechs were 5-1-1 and Canada 4-2.

The Russians went ahead on a goal by Anatoli Firsov in the first period, made it 2-0 in the second, and piled on the pressure in the third period to salt away the gold medal with a three-goal burst. Firsov got his second goal of the game — and tied a 17-year-old record with 12 goals in a world hockey tournament — during the clinching spree.

The U.S. hockey team had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Finland and placed sixth in the eight-nation tournament — its lowest finish ever in Olympic play. Doug Volmar of Minneapolis scored the goal for the Americans, who must qualify for the 1972 Olympics because of their poor showing.

Fog Lifts for Killy
At Chamrousse, the men's slalom event got under way with a dense fog obscuring the course. But the skies opened at the top of the hill as Killy poised for his first run.

Killy, swinging son of a Val d'Isere innkeeper, swooped through the patches of sunlight and finished his run in 49.37 seconds to take the half-way lead in the field of 51 starters.

Killy flashed to a 50.36 clocking in his second run, then looked on as outsider Haakon Mjoen of Norway zipped home in 49.27 and seized the over-all lead by half a second. Minutes later, Mjoen was disqualified for missing several gates.

Then Schranz, third behind Killy and countryman Alfred Matt after the first run, started down the slopes — and went sprawling short of the midway point after a French soldier, one of many stationed along the course, inadvertently skied too close to the course.

The Austrians immediately lodged a protest, and Schranz was allowed to start again. There were no obstacles in his path this time and he finished in 49.53 for a clear-cut edge over Killy.

However, it developed that he had missed two gates before his encounter with the straying soldier, and the French demanded he be disqualified. After a tempestuous meeting of the race jury, it was announced that Schranz was out and Killy in, with Austrians Herbert Huber and Matt getting the silver and bronze awards.

Later, the Olympic jury rejected another Austrian protest without comment, and the Austrians said they would carry their claim to the International Ski Federation.

"Maybe I missed the gates, but it was because I had already seen the dark shadow" of the intruder, Schranz said during the post-race confusion.

The American slalom entries failed to match their 1964 performance when Billy Kidd of Stowe, Vermont, and Jimmy Heuga of Squaw Valley, California, came through with surprising silver and bronze medal finishes in the event.

Sabich Fifth; Kidd Falls
Spider Sabich of Kyburz, California, finished in fifth place this time with a 1:40.49 total time; Heuga was seventh in 1:40.97 and Rick Chaffee of Rutland, Vermont, ninth in 1:41.19.

Kidd fell halfway down his first run, lost a ski and crashed against a gate pole. He was unhurt but didn't finish the heat.

Killy, who intends to retire after this season, finally was informed of his victory while lunching with friends at the Olympic Village.

Will 'Earn Money' Now
"I don't think I can do any better, and that's why I'm giving up. I have to earn a little money, too," he added, uncorking a bottle of champagne.

His victory in the slalom gave him the combined title at Grenoble and an unbeatable lead in the 1968 World Cup standings.

Italian wine was the victory drink for Monti and his joyous bobsled mates after their second run of 1:07.55 down the 1,500-meter ice chute edged the Austrian sled piloted by Erwin Thaler by .09 seconds in combined time.

Monti's crew had taken a .24-second lead after the first run Friday. The heats for the four-man event were cut from four to two because of mild weather that softened the chute.

"For all these weeks we were not allowed to drink wine," said tearful crew member Mario Armano. "I think rivers of red Chianti will flow here tonight."

U.S. Sleds 10th, 15th
A Swiss sled piloted by Jean Wicki took the bronze medal while two U.S. entries finished 10th and 15th in the field of 19. Boris Said of Fair Haven, Vermont, was the driver of the top American sled. Bill Hickey of Keesville, New York, piloted the other.

In capturing the 50-kilometer cross-country grind in two hours, 28 minutes, 45.8 seconds, Ellefsaeter joined Nordic teammate Harald Groeningen as a double gold medalist.

Mike Gallagher of Killington, Vermont, who consistently led the outclassed U.S. skiers in the Nordic competition, finished 22nd in 2:40:38.5. Mike Elliott of Durango, Colorado, was 30th.; Larry Damon, who has migrated to Norway from Burlington, Vermont, was 32nd and Charles Kellogg of Boston 36th in the starting field of 51.

Maier, who had won the 5,000-meter speed-skating test, made a game bid for a second gold medal by setting a blazing pace of 15 minutes, 23.9 seconds in the 10,000-meter finale. But Hoeglin raced across the finish line in 15:23.6 — just 3.3 seconds over Maier's pending world record and 15 seconds better than Hoeglin ever skated before.

Maier took the silver medal and Oerjan Sandler of Sweden won the bronze. Bill Lannigan of New York finished 21st with a 16:50.1 clocking and Bill Cox of St. Paul, Minnesota., was 25th in 17:08.2.

© Copyright 1968 The Washington Post Company

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