Marina Kiehl of West Germany, a slalom specialist who had never won a World Cup downhill, won the women's downhill gold medal. Canada won its first medal when Karen Percy finished third behind silver medalist Brigitte Oertli of Switzerland, who went into the race as the favorite. Michela Figini of Switzerland, the defending gold medalist, finished ninth.
Joerg Hoffmann and Jochen Pietzsch of East Germany won the gold medal in men's doubles. Annapolis resident Miroslav Zajonc, wearing a cast to protect his crushed right heel, finished 11th with partner Tim Nardiello of Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Soviets continued to dominate the competition, winning gold and bronze in the 15K event. Mikhail Deviatiarov got off to a great start and took the gold ahead of Norway's Pal Gunnar Mikkelsplass, who finished strongly. Favorite Vladimir Smirnov was third, giving the Soviets two medal winners in each of the four cross country races so far. Defending gold medalist Gunde Svan of Sweden finished 13th. Sweden, which has dominated cross country in the 1980s, has yet to win a medal here.
The United States' hopes for a medal-round berth stayed alive with a 6-3 victory over Norway. The Soviet Union continued undefeated with a 6-3 victory over previously undefeated West Germany. The Americans now must beat West Germany on Sunday to advance. Czechoslovakia clinched a spot in the medal round with a 4-0 victory over winless Austria.