Two-time Olympic champion Andre Lange directed his German four-man bobsled team to a World Cup victory over the United States yesterday in Altenberg, Germany.
Lange and his team - Rene Hoppe, Kevin Kuske and Martin Putze - finished 0.76 seconds ahead of the U.S. team led by Steven Holcomb. The American had driven to victory in the three previous World Cup four-man races and leads the standings.
Holcomb was joined by his reigning world-championship team of Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz. Holcomb bounced back from a crash in Saturday's two-man race.
Russia's Evgeny Popov - with Denis Moiseychenkov, Andrey Yurkov and Alexey Kireev - was third for his first podium finish since February 2007.
Italian skiers dominate. Italian skiers Max Blardone and Davide Simoncelli finished 1-2 in the World Cup on the challenging Gran Risa giant slalom on home snow in Alta Badia.
U.S. skiers had a mixed day, with Bode Miller failing to qualify for the second run and Ted Ligety finishing seventh.
Blardone led both legs and clocked a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 35.76 seconds for his fifth World Cup victory - all in giant slalom. Simoncelli finished 0.43 seconds behind.
Swiss women prevail. In Val d'Isere, France, Franzi Aufdenblatten posted her first World Cup victory in leading a 1-2 Swiss finish in a super-G, and Lindsey Vonn placed third to retake sole possession of the lead in the overall standings.
The 28-year-old Aufdenblatten upset the favorites to finish in 1:26.43 on the Oreiller-Killy course, 0.23 seconds ahead of Nadia Styger.