Hermann Maier ruled the slopes again yesterday in Lake Louise, Alberta, setting a World Cup record by winning the 11th super giant slalom of his career.
The Austrian star roared down the course in 1 minute 30.21 seconds. He surpassed the mark of 10 Super-G victories set by Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen.
"It's great to make history and I'm looking to go further and further," said Maier, who in three years has won Olympic gold, world and World Cup titles in downhill, giant slalom and the Super-G.
Frederik Nyberg of Sweden took second in 1:31.16 and Josef Strobl of Austria was third in 1:31.34. Austria again was the dominant nation, claiming seven of the top 10 positions.
Maier leads the downhill, Super-G and giant slalom standings. In the overall standings he has 580 points, 200 more than his second-place teammate, Stephan Eberharter.
LUGE: Italy's Armin Zoeggeler remained unbeaten in the men's singles at a World Cup event in Koenigssee, Germany, and three-time Olympic champion Georg Hackl of Germany again failed to medal.
Zoeggeler, the world champion, had the fastest second heat to hold off Jens Mueller for the fourth straight race and win in 1:36.365 to the German's 1:35.576. Another German, Denis Geppert, was third in 1:36.611.
SLALOM: Croatian Janica Kostelic, 17, posted one of the largest margins of victory in World Cup history with her win in Serre Chevalier, France.
Kostelic finished with a two-run combined time of 1:23.34, leaving a massive 1.78-second gap between her and the closest challenger, Norway's Trine Bakke, who took second in 1:25.12. Reigning World Cup slalom champion Sabine Egger of Austria was third in 1:25.73.
BOBSLED: Germany's Christoph Langen piloted his four-man team to victory at the World Cup event in Winterberg, Germany.
Langen's crew finished in 1:49.60, more than a half-second faster than Marcel Rohner's Swiss team. Pierre Lueders led a Canadian sled to bronze. Brian Shimer piloted a U.S. sled to fifth.
FIGURE SKATING: World champion Maria Butyrskaya of Russia overtook compatriot Victoria Volchkova with a solid and graceful performance in Nagoya, Japan, to earn her second NHK Trophy singles title. Defending champion Tatyana Malinina of Uzbekistan was third.
SKI JUMPING: Andreas Widhoelzl established a new hill record for the second straight day, winning a World Cup event in Predazzo, Italy, and moving into second place in the season standings. Widhoelzl uncorked a first leap of 131 meters on the K-120 hill, bettering his mark of 127.5 set Saturday.
BIATHLON: Austria's men's team easily won the World Cup 7.5-kilometer relay in Hochfilzen, Austria, finishing 11 seconds ahead of Norway in 1:23:31.1. Norway won the women's event in 1:37:05.1.