Winter roundup: Hannes Reichelt captures downhill

Bode Miller reacted after his trip down the slope during Saturday’s race in Austria.
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Bode Miller reacted after his trip down the slope during Saturday’s race in Austria.

Hannes Reichelt became the first Austrian winner of the classic Hahnenkamm downhill in eight years on Saturday in Kitzbuehel, Austria, helped by Bode Miller’s ‘‘heartbreaking’’ mistake midway down the mountain.

Reichelt was cheered by 50,000 spectators when the green light for the fastest time appeared in the finish area at an event watched by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Reichelt mastered the Streif course in 2 minutes, 3.38 seconds. Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal finished second, and Miller third.


Miller dominated the only training session Thursday, but had a costly mistake Saturday when he came off the race line at the Seidalm section halfway down the course. He finished in the top three in a downhill for the first time in nearly two years after missing last year because of knee surgery.

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‘‘Winning training runs doesn’t do it for you,’’ Miller said. ‘‘You’ve got to execute on race day. It’s too many times that I’ve made these stupid mistakes that aren’t really forced. They are not forced errors. It’s not on a tough part of the course. I knew it when I came across the finish line, that I’d just wasted another opportunity to win this course.’’

Women’s downhill — Defending overall World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia finally got her first win of the season, winning in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy, to signal a return to form just in time for the Olympics.

Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland finished second, Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein third.

Ski jump — Slovenia’s Peter Prevc won a World Cup event in Sapporo, Japan, to move into first place in the standings.


Ski cross — Alex Fiva of Switzerland won the final World Cup event before the Olympics, while Ophelie David of France took the women’s competition in Kreischberg, Austria.

Nordic combined — Eric Frenzel led host Germany to victory in Oberstdorf, in the last World Cup event before the Olympics.

Bobsled — Steven Holcomb of the United States won his second World Cup overall two-man title in Konigssee, Germany. His seventh-place finish in the season finale with Curt Tomasevicz was enough to clinch the title for the first time since 2006-07. Canada’s Justin Kripps won the event, teaming with Bryan Barnett.

Skeleton — Latvia’s Martins Dukurs edged his brother, Tomass, and clinched his fifth straight overall World Cup men’s championship in Konigssee, Germany, with a victory in the final race of the season.

Luge — Olympic-bound Kate Hansen was a surprise winner of the World Cup women’s season finale in Sigulda, Latvia, becoming the first American to prevail in a singles race on the circuit since Nov. 22, 1997.


Slopestyle — Olympic gold-medal favorite Mark McMorris of Canada fractured a rib during a crash and finished second in the Winter X Games finals in Aspen, Colo. McMorris, who caught his snowboard on the lip of a rail and landed hard on the bar, said the injury would not derail his road to Sochi.

Free skate — Japan’s Kanako Murakami took gold in the women’s competition at the Four Continents in Tapei, Taiwan. Japan’s Satoko Miyahara was second, followed by Li Zijun of China. American Courtney Hicks was fifth.