Californian Bill Johnson showed signs of regaining his Olympic gold-medal skiing form, but Austria's Peter Wirnsberger won the Lauberhorn World Cup downhill at Wengen, Switzerland. Sarajevo Olympic downhill winner Johnson placed seventh.
Johnson, who scored his first World Cup victory on this course a year ago, bid to repeat as his time for the top section was announced -- the fastest by any racer. He lost ground in the bottom stretch but got his best placing this season.
"My confidence is back," Johnson said, " . . . And I came damn close today . . . I will have to be reckoned with at the World Championships (early next month) in Bormio" . . .
At Megeve, France, Olympic gold medalist Michela Figini of Switzerland won her third consecutive downhill, taking the lead in the women's overall World Cup standings . . .
In the World Nordic Championships at Innsbruck, Austria, Norway's Per Bergerud jumped 361 and 348 feet to take the 90-meter gold medal. Jari Puikkonen took the silver, fellow Finn Matti Nykaenen the bronze . . . Wolfgang Hoppe won his second straight gold in the World Two-Man Bobsled Championships at Cervinia, Italy. Hoppe, 27, teamed with Dieter Schauerhammer, bettered the track record twice in final runs of the two-day, four-run event, leading a one-two finish by East German teams.