December 02, 2012

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) -- The Austrian ski federation says Max Franz suffered a concussion, broken nose and cuts on his face from a crash in the super-G race Saturday.

Franz was racing down the tricky Birds of Prey course when he hit a gate and tumbled to the snow, where he bumped his head. He was carried down the mountain on a sled and taken to a hospital for observation.

The 23-year-old ranks 10th in the overall World Cup standings. He finished second in the downhill last week at Lake Louise, Alberta. It was the best finish of his career.

There is no timetable for his return to the slopes.

OSTERSUND, Sweden (AP) -- Martin Fourcade of France took advantage of nearly windless weather to win the biathlon in Sweden despite starting Sunday's race in 10th position.

Fourcade completed the 12.5-kilometer pursuit in 33 minutes, 3.5 seconds, with only one penalty and just seven-tenths of a second ahead of second-place finisher Andreas Birnbacher of Germany. Anton Shipulin of Russia was third.

In the women's 10-kilometer pursuit, Tora Berger of Norway used his first-place start to secure a victory with a time of 31 minutes, 1.9 seconds.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second just under half a minute behind Berger, while Andrea Henkel of Germany finished third.

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) -- European champion Andi Langenhan led a German sweep of the top 3 positions on Sunday in the second luge World Cup event of the season.

Langenhan edged defending World Cup and Olympic champion Felix Loch by 0.041 seconds to finish in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 38.679 seconds over two runs.

David Moeller was third, 0.263 behind Langenhan, followed by Russia's Albert Demchenko and Italy's Armin Zoeggeler in fourth and fifth.

Austria wins Nordic Combined team sprint race

KUUSAMO, Finland (AP) Austria won the team sprint in the Nordic Combined on the back of strong jumps in the first phase of the World Cup event on Sunday.

The Austrian team of Bernhard Gruber and Mario Stecher jumped for a combined 246 points, giving them a 28-second lead over the Norway II team of Mikko Kokslien and Haavard Klemetsen heading into the cross-country skiing part of the event.

The Norwegians closed the gap with aggressive skiing in the relay race - with each athlete skiing five laps of 1,500 meters - but they still finished 5.4 seconds behind the winners to take second place.

The French pair of Sebastien Lacroix and Jason Chappuis finished third, crossing the line 6.2 seconds behind the Austrians.

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) -- Robert Seifert of Germany and Wang Meng of China won 500-meter races in World Cup short-track speedskating on Sunday, while South Korea dominated the 1,500.

Seifert timed 41.314 seconds to edge out Charles Hamelin of Canada by 0.018 seconds. Travis Jayner of the United States was third in 41.398.

Wang finished in 44.595 to finish ahead of compatriot Liu Qiuhong, who clocked 45.111. South Korea's Shim Suk-hee was third.

Lee So-youn of South Africa won the women's 1,500 in 2:31.814, 0.037 seconds ahead of Britain's Elise Christie. Kong Xue of China was third.

Noh Jin-kyu of South Korea won the men's 1,500 in 2:19.482, beating compatriot Sin Da-woon by 0.058 seconds. Sjenkie Knegt of the Netherlands was third.

KUUSAMO, Finland (AP) -- Norway's Marit Bjorgen kept up her domination in cross-country skiing, easily winning the 10-kilometer pursuit on Sunday.

Bjorgen finished in 31 minutes, 19.4 seconds - a convincing 1:21.4 faster than Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland. Heidi Weng of Norway was third.

Bjorgen won the 5-kilometer freestyle race on Saturday.

Also Sunday, Petter Northug of Norway won the men's 15-kilometer pursuit by a tight margin of 1.4 seconds after a challenge from Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia.

Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan came third, crossing the line just 3.4 seconds behind Northug.

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