Press-Republican

November 26, 2012

Weibrecht, Mazdzer finish far back

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Press-Republican

---- — LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won a super-G Sunday, completing a sweep at Lake Louise.

Svindal also won Saturday’s downhill, making him the first man to win both events at Lake Louise since Bode Miller in 2004.

Svindal was timed in 1 minute, 34.96 seconds, beating runner-up Adrien Theaux of France by 0.85 seconds. Joachim Puchner of Austria was third in 1:35.86, and Ted Ligety of the U.S. was fourth in 1:35.87.

Lake Placid’s Andrew Weibrecht came in 19th in 1:36.89.

Zettel edges teammate Schild to win slalom

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Kathrin Zettel of Austria held off teammate and training partner Marlies Schild with a blazing final run to win a World Cup slalom Sunday.

Zettel finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 42.46 seconds to narrowly edge Schild by 0.67 seconds. Tina Maze of Slovenia was second in a race that Lindsey Vonn skipped as she recovers from an intestinal illness.

Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. was in the lead for a few skiers, before winding up seventh. Shiffrin was third at the last slalom event in Levi, Finland, a competition won by Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.

Loch leads German sweep of top 5 at luge World Cup

IGLS, Austria (AP) — Olympic luge champion Felix Loch led a German sweep of the top five positions at the season-opening race Sunday, the first time in the men’s World Cup that all five lugers from one nation finished ahead of the field.

Loch, who is the defending World Cup champion, set a track record in his first run and was fastest in the second to finish in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 40.229 seconds for his 11th career win.

David Moeller was 0.307 back in second, and Johannes Ludwig took third.

Saranac Lake’s Chris Mazdzer came in 16th.

On Saturday, Germany also dominated the women’s and the men’s doubles races by earning 1-2 finishes in both events. The Germans wrapped up their unbeaten weekend by winning the team relay competition later Sunday.

Russia’s Alexander Zubkov wins at Whistler

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Russia’s Alexander Zubkov raced to his third straight World Cup four-man bobsled victory Saturday, beating teammate Alexander Kasjanov by 0.24 seconds.

Zubkov’s team had a two-run time of 1 minute, 43.29 seconds.

Canada’s Chris Spring was third, and American Steven Holcomb fourth a day after winning the two-man event.

Holcomb, from Park City, Utah, teamed with Justin Olsen of San Antonio; Steve Langton of Melrose, Mass.; and Curt Tomasevicz of Shelby, Neb. USA-1 finished in 1:43.89.