Two unheralded skiers, Steven Lee of Australia and Daniel Mahrer of Switzerland, raced to a first-place tie in a World Cup super giant slalom race yesterday at Furano, Japan.
Lee and Mahrer started late in the field of 66, after a snowfall had stopped, and each finished in 1 minute 31.36 seconds.
Olympic gold medalist Billy Johnson was the top Americans, finishing 13th in 1:32.71. Douglas Lewis was 14th in 1:32.79, Alan Lauba 22nd in 1:33.36 and Kraig Sourbeer 26th in 1:33:40 . . .
Despite a knee injury, Blanca Fernandez-Ochoa of Spain had the fastest times on two near-perfect giant slalom runs on Vail Mountain for her first World Cup victory. She had a combined time of 2:26.88. Maria Walliser was second at 2:27.49 and Vreni Schneider and Zoe Haas shared the bronze at 2:28.12.
The top U.S. finisher was Olympic giant slalom champion Debbie Armstrong, who finished 13th in 2:29.39. Cindy Nelson was 14th in 2:29.44 . . .
Austrian Andi Felder beat Matti Nykanen of Finland in the 90-meter ski jump at the 60th Salpausselka Games in Lahti, Finland. Frank-Peter Roetsch of East Germany won the men's 10-kilometer biathlon, Norway's Siv Braaten took the women's five-kilometer biathlon and Norwegian Geir Andersen won the Nordic Combined World Cup meet.