Eberharter Wins Streif Downhill
Jan. 19, 2002
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) _ World Cup overall leader Stephan Eberharter of Austria won a men's downhill Saturday for his second victory in as many days on the Streif, the most dangerous course on the circuit.
Eberharter, who was triumphant in the super-G on Friday for his first win on the Hahnenkamm mountain in 12 years on the World Cup circuit, charged down the course in 1 minute, 54.21 seconds.
The win was Eberharter's second straight in the downhill. He won last weekend on the famous Lauberhorn, the longest course on the World Cup.
``It was a very good race for me,'' Eberharter said. ``I made two or three little mistakes but it didn't seem to matter in the end.''
Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt was runnerup in 1:54.58, ahead of third place finisher Hannes Trinkl of Austria, who clocked 1:54.61.
``It was a little disappointing,'' said Aamodt, who'd held the lead until Eberharter's run. ``But maybe in the end I was lucky to be second. I had a good race but it wasn't perfect.''
Eberharter has excelled this season in the absence of his illustrious teammate Hermann Maier _ still recovering from a motorcycle accident this summer that nearly cost him a leg.
This season, Eberharter has forged to the top of the World Cup overall, downhill and super-G standings.
The Austrian has won four of seven downhills so far, earning a spot on the podium all but once. Eberharter also took both super-Gs so far. In all, the 32-year-old has landed on the podium 10 times this season, with two other top-three finishes in the more technical giant slalom.
Austrians have swept every race here since 1999, with Hermann Maier winning both the downhill and super-G last year and Mario Matt taking the slalom.