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Norway's Buraas Wins Men's Slalom;
Tomba Withdraws After First Run

Hans-Petter Buraas (pictured) of Norway, who has dyed his hair white, then green, then orange-red this season, rallied on the second run to win the the men's slalom Feb. 21. Alberto Tomba, injured in the giant slalom earlier in the week, withdrew after a poor first run that left him almost two seconds behind first-run leader Thomas Sykora of Austria and in 17th place.

Compagnoni Makes History With Giant Slalom Gold
Italy's Deborah Compagnoni survived an icy course that some skiers said was the toughest they had ever seen and won the gold medal in the giant slalom. She becomes the first Alpine skier to win gold in three Olympics.

Hermann Maier
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'Herminator' Conquers Olympics
Hermann Maier (pictured) earned a vacation in Guam after winning two gold medals and the respect of those who watched him crash through three fences in the men's downhill at almost 70 mph. "The Herminator" won his medals with a sore shoulder, swollen knee, and sore back.

MICHAEL WILBON: Maier Wins the Tough-Guy Contest
Hermann Maier Wins Super-G

Hilde Gerg
Eric Gaillard/Reuters
Gerg, Maier Are Golden
On a course that humbled some of the top contenders, Germany's Hilde Gerg (pictured) edged Italy's Deborah Compagnoni to win the women's slalom. Meanwhile, Hermann Maier of Austria won the men's giant slalom, his second Olympic gold medal in four days.

BEFORE THE RACE: Kristina Koznick Goes From Unknown to Gold-Medal Favorite

Seizinger Adds More Gold, Leads German Sweep
Katja Seizinger won her second gold medal in two days Feb. 17, using two strong slalom runs and a crash by Pernilla Wiberg to lead a German sweep in the combined. Seizinger, who won the downhill Feb. 16 and at the 1994 Games, is only the second woman to win three Alpine golds.

France's Cretier Beats Austrians to Take Downhill
Jean-Luc Cretier
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Jean-Luc Cretier (pictured) of France skied to a gold medal down a course that several skiers did not finish Feb. 13 as the men's downhill finally was run after three postponements. Cretier is the first Frenchman to win an Olympic downhill since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968. Norway's Lasse Kjus took the silver medal.

Reiter Wins Gold, Kjus Makes History in Men's Combined
Austrians Compete Among Themselves

For Street, the Road to Gold Was Filled With Pain
When Picabo Street won the silver medal in the downhill at the 1994 Games, the German anthem blared for the winner. On Feb. 11, Street fulfilled a yearning to sing her own anthem. It was the culmination of a long journey marred by injuries and despair.

Street Is Super in Super-G, Wins Gold for U.S.
picabo street
Joel Richardson/The Post
Picabo Street, whose specialty is the downhill, watched in amazement Feb. 11 as the world's top skiers failed to match her time in the Super-G. "I don't believe what I'm seeing,'' she screamed in delight as favorite Katja Seizinger of Germany was unable to catch her. Street hung on to win the gold medal by an astoundingly close one-hundredth of a second.

JAN. 31: Street Injured in Scary Crash
U.S. Skiing Has Few Medals, but Lots of Hope

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