Alberto Tomba, first out of the start house, scored the biggest victory in an Olympic giant slalom in 16 years, finishing the run by skiing into the crowd to greet his fans and proclaiming, "I'm the best in the world and thank God I did it." The silver went to Austria's Hubert Strolz, who won the gold in the combined, and the bronze went to downhill gold medalist Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland. Ingemar Stenmark was 30th after the first run and didn't finish the second.
Debi Thomas of the United States took a narrow overall lead over East Germany's Katarina Witt, who won the short program phase of the women's competition, which accounts for 20 percent of the final score. Saturday's long program is worth 50 percent.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING:
Tamara Tikhonova won the women's 20-kilometer race, leading a Soviet sweep of the medals in the event. Bronze medalist Raisa Smetanina, 35, was the oldest competitor among the 55 starters and claimed the ninth Olympic medal of her career; she has won three golds, five silvers and one bronze. The win was the Soviets' fifth in seven cross country races.
Yes, the competition in the sport is over, but Eddy Edwards refuses to go quietly into the night. The bespectacled Brit who finished last in the 70- and 90-meter competition left Calgary yesterday to appear on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. "I've heard that he's good at poking fun," Edwards said of Carson. "But I think I can cope with it. I have a few weapons up my sleeve."
The U.S. hockey team had one last weapon up its sleeve -- an 8-4 win over Switzerland to claim seventh place.