Austrian Hannes Trinkl took advantage of a technical error by Hermann Maier to edge his teammate and lead an Austrian sweep of the World Cup men's downhill yesterday in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Trinkl, who last won a downhill five years ago, beat Maier by three-hundredths of a second to win in 1 minute 46.98 seconds. Third was Stephan Eberharter, who clocked 1:47.74 after posting two second-place finishes last week in Beaver Creek, Colo.
Maier was going for his fifth straight World Cup victory this season, but he went wide on a turn in the steeper technical part of the course and that cost him as he stopped the clock at 1:47.01.
"I made a mistake in the bottom of the course," Maier said. "Otherwise I would have won by seven-tenths of a second."
FIGURE SKATING: Evgeni Plushenko landed a sequence of jumps, combining a quadruple, a triple and a double to win his second straight singles title at the NHK Trophy figure skating competition in Nagoya, Japan.
The 17-year-old Russian star started his 4 1/2-minute free program with the jumps, all toe loops, silencing the crowd and then bringing gasps and a loud ovation.
American Timothy Goebel, famed for doing three quads in one program five weeks ago, jumped two quads and fell on a third to place second, but still qualified for the Grand Prix Final in Lyon, France, in January.
WOMEN'S GIANT SLALOM: Speed specialist Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria posted her first career victory in a giant slalom, winning in Serre Chevalier, France.
Dorfmeister, who has concentrated on the speed events for several years, twisted her way down the sun-soaked Luc Alphand course in a two-run combined time of 2:14.21 for Austria's first win of the season.
Compatriot Anita Wachter added to Austria's success, finishing runner-up in 2:14.52.
In her rookie year as a full-time racer on Italy's A-team, Silke Bachmann delivered the day's other big surprise, finishing third in 2:14.83 for her first career medal.
SKI JUMPING: Andreas Widhoelzl of Austria set a new hill record while winning a World Cup event in Predazzo, Italy.
Defending World Cup champion Martin Schmitt of Germany was second and maintained the lead in the overall standings with 230 points.
Widhoelzl, who had two wins in the last World Cup season, set a record of 128 meters for the K-120 hill on his second jump.
BOBSLED: Olympic champion Christoph Langen captured the doubles at the World Cup race in Winterberg, Germany, but probably will be disqualified because of irregularities in his sled.
Langen broke the track record on his first run in 1:51.05, easily beating Switzerland's Reto Goetschi at 1:51.58. But afterward, an inspection revealed the front axis on his sled was too short.
"I admit that the axis violates the rules, but I wasn't trying to cheat. That's not my way of doing things," Langen said.
LUGE: Steffen Skel and Steffen Woeller won the men's doubles as Germans dominated the World Cup races on their home course in Koenigssee, Germany.
Patrik Leitner and Alexander Resch finished second in doubles as Sylke Otto led a German sweep in women's singles.
DUAL MOGULS: Finland's Janne Lahtela won his first World Cup title, beating France's Johann Gregoire in the final in Whistler, British Columbia. Norway's Kari Traa won her third straight women's moguls event, defeating American Ann Battelle.