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HALFPIPE: Kelly Clark clinched a place on the U.S. Olympic snowboard team Thursday at Breckenridge, Colo., with her second halfpipe win in a row.

The 18-year-old from Mount Snow, Vt., joins 1998 Olympic bronze medalist Shannon Dunn on the squad, leaving only one more women's spot open. It will be decided in a Grand Prix contest at Breckenridge on Sunday.

Tommy Czeschin, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., won the men's halfpipe Thursday but must await Sunday's final qualifying meet to find out his fate. Ross Powers, South Londonderry, Vt., earned a spot last weekend. The U.S. can enter up to four men in the Olympic halfpipe.


FLEISCHER OUT: U.S. skier Chad Fleischer tore ligaments in his right knee during a World Cup downhill training session Thursday at Wengen, Switzerland, an accident likely to keep him out of next month's Salt Lake City Olympics.

Dr. Urs Allensbach said Fleischer tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee and had sprained his right elbow.

Fleischer, a 30-year-old from Vail, Colo., caught a ski coming out of a small tunnel midway down the Lauberhorn course ? the longest on the World Cup circuit at 14,616 feet ? and careened into safety netting.

Training for the weekend race was interrupted for about 20 minutes following the accident.

Cross country

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS: John Bauer of Duluth, Minn., and Czech ski racer Katerina Hanusova won the pursuit races Thursday at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Bozeman, Mont.

With the win in the 10-kilometer men's event, Bauer claimed his 10th U.S. championship and all but ensures him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Bauer won with a time of 51 minutes, 26.6 seconds, head of Justin Wadsworth of Bend, Ore., and Kris Freeman of Andover, N.H.

Hanusova, who skis for the University of Nevada, won the 5K pursuit with a two-race combined time of 32:38.3l, 22 seconds ahead of runner-up Nina Kemppel.


WITTY HAS ANEMIA: Speedskater Chris Witty, who won two medals at the 1998 Nagano Games, is suffering from anemia as she prepares for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Blood tests taken last month showed Witty's iron levels are low, which may explain why she has struggled in World Cup races this season.

Witty knows she needs solid results in the two remaining pre-Olympic events to be considered an Olympic medal favorite.