Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann of Germany broke the women's world 5,000-meter record and Rintje Ritsma won his sixth men's all-around title yesterday at the European Speedskating Championships in Hamar, Norway.
Competing in the Vikingskipet arena built for the 1994 Winter Olympics, Niemann-Stirnemann was timed in 6 minutes 56.84 seconds, improving her world mark by .4 seconds.
Her time moved her from fourth overall to the all-around silver medal, behind compatriot Anni Friesinger, in the final standings.
Ritsma held off Eskil Ervik of Norway in the final 10,000 meters to win the overall. Ritsma finished sixth at 13:42.48; Germany's Frank Dittrich won the race at 13:28.27.
MEN'S ALPINE SKIING: Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt earned the first World Cup slalom victory of his career and became the fourth skier to win in all five Alpine disciplines.
Aamodt, who had been denied the elusive slalom win by Italy's Angelo Weiss last week at Chamonix, put together two solid runs in Wengen, Switzerland, for a combined time of 1:44.87 seconds.
Others who have won the five-discipline grand slam are Luxembourg's Marc Girardelli, Switzerland's Pirman Zurbriggen and Austria's Guenther Mader, who last accomplished the feat in 1996.
WOMEN'S ALPINE: Renate Goetschl won a women's World Cup super-G in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, confirming her status as the circuit's most versatile skier.
Goetschl, who regularly earns points in all four Alpine events, covered the course in 1:29.14. The Austrian leads the Super-G standings and is fifth in downhill, eighth in giant slalom and 11th in slalom. Goetschl's compatriot, Tanja Schneider, finished second at 1:29.43.
BIATHLON: Norway's Halvard Hanevold beat teammate and Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen by one second in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit World Cup event in Ruhpolding, Germany. Bjoerndalen had three misses, but his second-place finish enabled him to take the overall lead in the World Cup standings. He has a four-point lead over Sven Fischer of Germany, 230-226.
Hanevold had no misses and was timed in 35:14.
Martina Zellner of Germany won the women's 10K pursuit, beating Corinne Niogret of France by 12.9 seconds.
BOBSLED: France's Bruno Mingeon beat Latvian Sandis Prousis to win the four-man European championship in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy.
Mingeon won the world championship on the same course last year. Along with his France 1 teammates, Emmanuel Hostache, Christopher Fouquet and Max Robert, Mingeon finished the two runs in 1:44.38 seconds.
Prousis was .29 seconds behind the winner.
LUGE: Jens Mueller upset favorites Georg Hackl and Armin Zoeggeler to win the men's singles title and give Germany a 1-2 finish at the European championships.
In Winterberg, Germany, Mueller set a course record with a first-run time of 54.627 seconds. He finished with a combined time of 1:50.273. Hackl, a triple Olympic champion, took the silver at 1:50.512.
NORDIC COMBINED: Samppa Lajunen of Finland won his fifth World Cup event of the season by dominating the ski jumping portion in Breitenwang, Austria.
Lajunen earned 127 points in the jumping, which translated into a 38-second margin in the 7.5K cross-country race later. He finished 10.9 seconds ahead of Ladislav Rygl of the Czech Republic.
SNOWBOARDING: Matthieu Bozzetto and Isabelle Blanc combined for a French sweep at a World Cup competition by winning the two parallel slaloms.
In Berchtesgaden, Germany, Bozzetto earned his second slalom victory of the season and extended his lead in the slalom and overall World Cup standings. Felix Stadler of Austria was runner-up.
Blanc also leads the overall and slalom standings after winning her third race of the season.