German skier cleared to race again in Olympics
Russians shoot down Germans as Americans go top13 February 2006
Russians shoot down Germans as Americans go top
13 February 2006
TURIN, ITALY - Russian sharpshooters Svetlana Ishmouratova and Olga Pyleva claimed gold and silver medals with an awesome performance in the women's 15- kilometres biathlon race on Monday.
But it was the acrobatics of Hannah Teter winning the women's snowboarding halfpipe event that put the United States on top of the medals table with three golds.
There was alarming news on the women's downhill course where 2002 champion Carole Montillet of France and American medal contender Lindsey C. Kildow were hospitalised after crashing heavily in training.
There were fears Kildow, a two-time World Cup downhill winner this season, had suffered serious back injury.
Martina Glagow won a consolation bronze for the highly-rated German biathlon team when she snatched third place from Albina Akhatova with a brave final lap of skiing to deny Russia a first Olympic clean-sweep.
Both Ishmouratova and Pyleva missed just once on the rifle range where missed shots add a minute to competitors' times.
It was a fitting climax for Ishmouratova, 33, who had won four relay world titles, but no individual major event gold before Monday, her best results being mass start silver and pursuit bronze at the 2003 worlds.
Pyleva added a silver to her pursuit gold from 2002.
Germany's 2002 champion Andrea Henkel had to settle for fifth and World Cup leader Kati Wilhelm managed no better than 17th after missing five targets.
German cross-country skier Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, who won a relay gold and sprint silver at the 2002 Olympics, was cleared to race in Tuesday's team sprint after passing a blood test.
She was one of 12 skiers suspended last week after tests revealed high red blood cell levels.
Excessive haemoglobin can be the result of EPO blood doping but can also be produced naturally, for instance through high altitude training.
Later Monday, world champions Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin of Russia were expected to win the figure skating pairs gold medal after a stunning short programme on Saturday.
Chinese couple Zhang Dan and Hao Zhang rank were lying second ahead of another Russian pair of Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov.
Subject: German news