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DAVIDSON HEARING DENIED: The U.S. Bobsled Federation denied a hearing to spurned brakewoman Jen Davidson of Layton, who was dropped by pilot Jean Racine the week before Olympic trials.

Davidson filed a grievance last week, asking for a hearing and a race-off against Gea Johnson, the former heptathlete champion Racine picked to replace Davidson.

"It is what we expected, but it's obviously discouraging," Davidson said of the decision Wednesday. "But I'm going to move forward and exhaust all of my options to chase my dreams."

Davidson's attorney, Mark Gaylord, said they could seek arbitration before the American Arbitration Association.

"We're still considering our options," Gaylord said.


WORLD CUP: Germany got a home court advantage Wednesday, winning the men's relay competition in the Biathlon World Cup competition in Ruhpolding.

The team was 14.5 seconds ahead of Norway with Russia finishing third as a result of a final strong leg from Pavel Rostovtsev, who had perfect shooting to overtake the Slovenian team who had a lead over them prior to Rostovtsev.

The U.S. placed 12th after a series of shooting penalties.


U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM: KC Boutiette, Jondon Trevena and Catherine Raney were added Wednesday to the U.S. Speedskating long track Olympic team.

Boutiette of Tacoma, Wash., and Trevena of Fort Collins, Colo., qualified for the men's 5,000 meters and Raney of Elm Grove, Wis., will be in the women's 3,000 meters.

Derek Parra of San Bernardino, Calif., who already qualified in the 1,500 meters, will join Boutiette and Trevena in the 5,000.

Also skating in the 3,000 meters will be Jennifer Rodriguez of Miami, who already qualified for the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000 meters.

Qualifying for the women's 3,000 meters and men's 5,000 meters was based on World Cup standings following last weekend's competition at Heerenveen, Netherlands.


ROUSSEAU INJURED: A neck injury that left Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau just inches from being paralyzed will keep the Canadian moguls skier out of the Winter Olympics.

Rousseau underwent surgery last week in France to repair a fractured vertebra he suffered after ramming his neck into a mogul during a fall while training for a World Cup event. He returned to Montreal on Tuesday, where doctors told him he must wear a cervical collar for six weeks. It will be at least three months before he can begin skiing moguls again.

DOWNHILL: Austria's Stephan Eberharter produced the fastest time in Thursday's final practice session ahead of a World Cup downhill race. Eberharter charged down the circuit's most treacherous course in 1 minute, 56.02 seconds. Teammate Fritz Strobl was second-quickest in 1:56.32.

Super-G world champion Daron Rahlves of the United States, third in the downhill and fourth in the super-G here last year, was 10th Thursday, 0.94 off the pace.