Hermann Maier proved a master again on the World Cup circuit, winning a super-G by a substantial margin (.94 seconds) yesterday in Beaver Creek, Colo., for his fourth straight victory.
The Austrian star attacked the steep, treacherous Birds of Prey course and beat teammate Stephan Eberharter with a time of 1 minute 16.51 seconds in the season's inaugural super-G.
Maier has won four of the five men's races this season; he did not compete in a slalom Tuesday. The record for consecutive World Cup wins is 10 by Ingemar Stenmark (1977-78). Maier tied Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen for the most career super-G wins (10) among male skiers.
Meanwhile, Mojca Suhadolc of Slovenia captured her first career World Cup victory by winning the season's first women's super-G in 1:15.80 in Lake Louise, Alberta.
* HOCKEY: Jennifer Botterill scored one goal and assisted on another as the Canadian women's team defeated the United States, 3-1, in the opening game of the Three Nations Cup in Sherbrooke, Quebec. A.J. Mleczko scored for the Americans, at 8:58 of the first period.
* SPEEDSKATING: Canada's Jeremy Wotherspoon gained revenge against Olympic champion Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan in the 500 meters at the World Cup event in Berlin. Shimizu had beaten the world record holder Saturday at the same distance and broke Wotherspoon's track record, clocking 35.67 seconds. Yesterday, Wotherspoon finished at 35.83 to Shimizu's 35.96. Wotherspoon also was second in the 1,000 at 1:11.37, behind Dutchman Jakko-Jan Leeuwangh at 1:11.18.
* CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Only four seconds separated the top three teams in the men's 40-kilometer World Cup race in Kiruna, Italy, with Italy beating Norway and Austria. Fulvio Valbusa, Maurizio Pozzi, Fabio Maj and Silvio Fauner won in 1 hour 39 minutes 10.6 seconds. Norway was second at 1:39:14.1, a split second ahead of Austria at 1:39:14.2.