Lindsey Kildow of the United States edged Sylviane Berthod of Switzerland by three-hundredths of a second yesterday in Lake Louise, Alberta, for her second World Cup downhill victory.

Kildow triumphed on the same Lake Louise hill where she won her first World Cup race a year ago.

Fighting swirling winds and whiffs of blowing light snow, Kildow won in 1 minute 49.51 seconds. Berthod was second in 1:49.54. Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria, second in Friday's downhill, was third yesterday in 1:49.63.

Kildow finished fifth in Friday's race. Her victory at Lake Louise a year ago was the start of a breakout season, where she finished among the top three seven times.

Kildow, 21, moved with her family to Vail, Colo., from St. Paul, Minn., in the early 1990s to concentrate on her training. She lives in Park City, Utah.

The winner of Friday's World Cup downhill on the same Lake Louise course, Elena Fanchini of Italy, was seventh yesterday.

Stacey Cook, another 21-year-old American, was eighth at 1:50.13, bettering her breakthrough 10th-place finish in Friday's race. Before this weekend, her best World Cup finish had been 31st.

* FIGURE SKATING: Yukari Nakano rebounded from a fall in the opening seconds of the free program to take the women's championship at the NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan.

Nakano fell as she tried a triple axel on her opening jump. She converted five triple jumps later in the performance and finished with 158.66 points, edging compatriot Fumie Suguri, who had 158.44.

Nakano moved from second after the short program to first as the new judging system shook up the standings. Suguri won the free skate, but was sixth after the short program.

Kimmie Meissner of the United States finished fifth with 152.18 points. Italy's Carolina Kostner, who led after the short program, made several mistakes and dropped to sixth.

Japan's Daisuke Takahashi and Nobunari Oda hold the top two spots after the men's short program. Takahashi has 77.70 points, with Oda trailing at 74.15.

American Evan Lysacek is third with 71.05 points.

Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon of Canada won the ice dance event.

* SPEEDSKATING: Simon Kuipers of the Netherlands won the 1,500-meter race at a World Cup event, in Heerenveen, Netherlands, beating Chad Hedrick of the United States.

Kuipers won in 1:45.39 seconds to edge Hedrick, who set the world record of 1:42:78 in the same event last month in Utah. Enrico Fabris of Italy was third in 1:45.56.

Hedrick tops the overall World Cup standings in the 1,500, followed by fellow American Shani Davis and Kuipers.

"He didn't disappoint today," Hedrick's coach, Bart Schouten, told Dutch NOS television. "He is a great competitor and I know winning in Turin is one of his top priorities."

* SKI JUMPING: In Lillehammer, Norway, Andreas Kuttel of Switzerland broke the Olympic hill record with a jump of 139 meters to narrowly win a World Cup event.

-- From News Services