Austria's Stephan Eberharter won his second straight World Cup downhill title yesterday, dominating the competition on the icy, sun-soaked Kandahar course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Eberharter finished in 1 minute 55.68 seconds. Switzerland's Didier Cuche was second in 1:56.75 and American Daron Rahlves took third in 1:56.98.
"It was a heck of a race," Eberharter said after clinching the title with his sixth downhill victory of the season. "It was 100 percent ice, and you needed really to grit your teeth and be aggressive. You needed strong nerves."
Rahlves made a couple of costly errors, getting thrown off his line on a bumpy section and losing his balance.
"I think this was the toughest downhill race for me this season," he said. "It was rough and dark and tough. I think I still had a good race, even if I made a few mistakes."
Eberharter has 710 points in the downhill standings. Rahlves is second with 533 points and, with one downhill left in the season, he can't catch Eberharter.
Eberharter, 33, leads the overall standings with 1,065 points, more than 100 points ahead of American Bode Miller (960).
Miller, who won the giant slalom and combined and finished second to Eberharter in the Super-G at the world championships, finished more than four seconds off the pace. . . .
A World Cup women's downhill was called off in Sierra Nevada, Spain, because of heavy snow and warmer weather that could jeopardize another downhill set for today. . . .
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is moving its Alpine National Championships to Whiteface Mountain in New York because of poor racing conditions in Alaska. Racing will be conducted March 17-25. . . .
Canada's Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau won a World Cup dual moguls competition in Madarao, Japan, edging Finland's Janne Lahtela in the side-by-side final. In women's competition, France's Berenice Gregoire beat Japan's Aiko Uemura in the final.
* LUGE: In Sigulda, Latvia, Sylke Otto led a German sweep of the women's top three spots and won her third straight world championship. Otto, the Olympic gold medalist at Salt Lake City, turned in a flawless second run and finished with a combined time of 1:25.602 seconds, 0.26 ahead of Silke Kraushaar. Olympic silver medalist Barbara Niedernhuber was third.
Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger won the men's doubles title with a two-run time of 1:25.363.
* NORDIC: Poland's Adam Malysz won the large-hill ski jump and Estonia's Kristina Smigun captured the 10-kilometer skiathlon at the world championships in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.
* BIATHLON: Russia's Olga Zaitseva shot clean and beat Norway's Linda Tjorhom by 20.6 seconds in a 15-kilometer World Cup race in Ostersund, Sweden.
* BOBSLED: Todd Hays piloted USA-1 to the fastest time in the second heat to move within 0.06 seconds of Germany's Andre Lange in the four-man competition at the world championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. With two heats remaining, the race for first essentially is between the rivals who finished 1-2 at the 2002 Olympics, in which Lange won the gold.