This was a day like no other in skiing for the Kostelic family. Ivica and Janica Kostelic became the first brother and sister to win World Cup Alpine races on the same day.
Janica won a slalom yesterday on her 21st birthday in Bormio, Italy, then watched on television with her father as her brother captured a slalom in Kranjkskagora, Slovenia, less than an hour later.
"It's a great day for our family," Janica said. "It's a strange record indeed, but I'm pleased with it. What Ivica has done means a lot because we've spoken for years about winning a race on the same day.
"And it's great it happened on my birthday. He couldn't have given me a better present."
Croatia Prime Minister Ivica Racan sent congratulatory letters to both, praising their "spirit and motivation."
Several thousand Croatian fans made the trip to neighboring Slovenia and Italy. Back home, hundreds of thousands of Croats watched on TV. In cafes and pubs, teenagers exchanged high-fives.
The Kostelics are icons in Croatia, their rise from poverty an inspiration in the country of 4.5 million, which is emerging from the ravages of war after declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Last year, the Kostelics won on the same weekend at the World Cup finals in Flachau, Austria.
Fifteen sets of siblings have won races since the start of the World Cup almost 40 years ago, but none ever on the same day. The closest were the Mahre brothers of the United States.
On Feb. 8, 1983, at St. Anton, Austria, Steve Mahre won a slalom and Phil took the combined, an event computed from performances in the downhill and the slalom.
Ivica had a total time of 1 minute 44.71 seconds on a rutted course to pad his lead in the slalom standings. It was his second straight victory following a special elimination event in Sestrieres, Italy, three weeks ago.
Austria's Rainer Schoenfelder was runner-up in 1:44.98 and Olympic slalom champion Jean-Pierre Vidal of France was third in 1:45.03. Tom Rothrock was the fastest U.S. skier, placing 12th. Americans Bode Miller and Erik Schlopy went out in the opening leg.
Sweden's Anja Paerson was third and Kristina Koznick was the top American in 10th.
* SNOWBOARDING: In Bad Gastein, Austria, France's Mathieu Bozzetto won the parallel slalom for his fifth World Cup title of the season.
Bozzetto defeated Olympic champion Philip Schoch of Switzerland in the final for his 26th tour win. Germany's Markus Ebner finished third.
Olympic champion Isabelle Blanc of France beat Sara Fischer to win the women's title.
* SPEEDSKATING: In Heerenveen, Netherlands, Gianni Romme of the Netherlands won the 10,000-meter race and claimed the men's overall title at the European championships.
Germany's Anni Friesinger, who was denied a sweep of all four distances by Claudia Pechstein in the 5,000, won her third European overall title.
* LUGE: Austria's Markus Kleinheinz, the World Cup leader, and Germany's Sylke Otto won luge singles races at the European Open, a special two-day elimination event in Koenigssee, Germany.