Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland showed why he has dominated the World Cup as he defeated teammate Peter Mueller in the downhill, a glamor event of the Winter Games. Zurbriggen's time was 1:59.63, just a half-second faster than Mueller, who also won the silver in 1984. The bronze went to Franck Piccard, France's first Alpine medalist since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968.
Czechoslovakia, a first-round upset victim to West Germany, rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the United States, 7-5. The Soviets improved to 2-0 by easily defeating Austria, 8-1. West Germany is also 2-0 after routing Norway, 7-3, in the first game of the day.
Jens Mueller of East Germany took the gold with an aggregate time of 3:05.916. The silver went to West German Georg Hackl, who beat Mueller in the European championships last month. Soviet Iouri Khartchenko took the bronze. Three-time U.S. Olympian Frank Masley closed out his career with a 12th after faltering on his final run.
Alexei Prokourorov gave the Soviets their second gold of the Games with a victory in the men's 30-kilometer race. His time was 1:24:26.3. The silver went to teammate Vladimir Smirnov. Norway's Vegard Ulvang took the bronze. Ulvang stopped a Soviet sweep by beating Mikhail Deviatiarov by 19.7 seconds. But Sweden, which has dominated in the 1980s, had waxing problems. Their top finish was 10th by Gunde Svan, who won two golds, a silver and bronze at Sarajevo.