Switzerland's Michael Von Gruenigen won his second straight World Cup giant slalom yesterday by edging Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., in a race in which Austria's Stephan Eberharter was hurt in a crash in Val D'Isere, France.
Eberharter, the overall World Cup defending champion, was flown to Innsbruck, Austria, where doctors said he might be able to compete at the world championships in February in Switzerland.
Team officials and race organizers initially said the 33-year-old injured a ligament in his right knee. In Austria, a seven-member medical team said the five-time winner this season had no fracture or ligament injury.
The Austria Press Agency reported that doctors said Eberharter suffered a bone contusion with a hematoma and will be sidelined about three weeks.
"Now I am all the happier that it isn't all that bad," Eberharter was quoted as saying. "This way Christmas is much nicer than with a ruptured cruciate ligament."
Gruenigen had a combined time of 2 minutes 26.46 seconds, putting him 0.11 seconds ahead of Miller, who led after the first leg. Austria's Christoph Gruber was third, 0.43 seconds behind. . . .
In Sestriere, Italy, Sweden's Anja Paerson won an experimental World Cup slalom, a three-run elimination format. Finland's Tanja Poutiainen finished second and Austria's Nicole Hosp, the last skier in the final round, finished third. The usual format consists of two runs, with the best combined time winning.
* SPEEDSKATING: In Harbin, China, Germany's Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt won the 500 meters and the 1,000, Canada's Jeremy Wotherspoon won the 500 and Jan Bos of the Netherlands won the 1,000. Chris Witty of the United States was second in the 1,000.
* BOBSLED: Sandis Prusis of Latvia beat Olympic champion Andre Lange of Germany to earn his first World Cup victory in the four-man event in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy. . . .
In Lake Placid, N.Y., Germany's Sandra Prokoff and Nicole Herschmann won a World Cup race.
* SKI JUMPING: Martin Hoellwarth won for the third time in a week, leading an Austrian sweep in a World Cup event in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany. Andreas Goldberger was second and 18-year-old Andreas Kofler was third.
* BIATHLON: Four-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway continued his strong start in the World Cup season by winning the pursuit event by nearly a minute in Ostersund, Germany.
* LUGE: In Altenberg, Italy, Austria's Markus Kleinheinz won his first World Cup race, taking the singles event after finishing second three times this season.
* NORDIC COMBINED: Finland finished 1-2 in a World Cup event, with Hannu Manninem beating Samppa Lajunen by 0.6 seconds in Harrachov, Czech Republic.
* CROSS-COUNTRY: Norwegians Tore Arne Hetland and Bente Skari won the sprint classic-style races at a World Cup meet in Cogne, Italy.