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KOZNICK TRIUMPHS: After getting her first slalom title of the year in Germany, Kristina Koznick was looking forward to going home.

"I've got some laundry to do and I want to sleep in my own bed," Koznick said. "I'm trying to plan it so I can peak for the Olympics going home in February. I think I'm right on track.

Koznick and Switzerland's Marlies Oester finished in a dead heat Sunday, splitting the title at a World Cup slalom.

BODE RALLIES FOR THIRD: Bode Miller is gaining a reputation for being a comeback specialist ? capable of coming from far behind to surprise opponents.

Miller was seventh after the opening leg of a men's World Cup slalom Sunday at Kitzbeuhel, Austria, after breaking 6 inches off the bottom of his ski pole. But he came back in the second run to finish third, behind winner Rainer Schoenfelder and Austrian teammate Kilian Albrecht, who similarly produced stunning second efforts to end up on the podium.

"With the way the guys skied today and my mistake in the first run, I'm just happy to be on the podium," said Miller, who last weekend in the slalom in Wengen climbed back from 19th after the first leg and finished sixth.

Miller sits second in the World Cup slalom standings, 71 points behind Croatia's Ivica Kostelic. He's also third with 720 points in the overall rankings, behind leader Stephan Eberharter of Austria, who has 1,032, and Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who has 822.


WORLD CUP: Sven Fischer came from behind to beat his brother-in-law, Frank Luck, for a 1-2 German finish in the men's 12.5-kilometer biathlon World Cup pursuit event Sunday at Ruhpolding, Germany.

Liv Grete Poiree of Norway overcame four shooting errors to win the women's 10-kilometer pursuit. Poiree edged World Cup leader Magdalena Forsberg of Sweden by 10.1 seconds. Poiree's time was 32:26.9.


LATVIAN REINSTATED: Latvia's Sandis Prusis, one of the world's top four-man bobsled drivers, will compete in the Winter Olympics despite testing positive for a banned steroid.

The International Bobsled Federation imposed a three-month retroactive suspension on Prusis that will end Feb. 9, making him eligible for the Feb. 8-24 Salt Lake City Games.

On Jan. 7, the federation banned Prusis from World Cup competition and the Olympics. He tested positive for nandralone on Nov. 9, after a training run at the Olympic track in Park City.

Prusis and Latvian Olympic officials appealed the decision, blaming the positive test results on dietary supplements. The federation agreed. In addition to the suspension, the federation stripped Prusis of World Cup points earned in December, which will affect his start position in Salt Lake City.

WORLD CUP: Andre Lange drove Germany's four-man bobsled team to a comfortable victory Sunday in a World Cup race at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. The event also counted as the European Championship.

On Saturday, the Canadian team of Pierre Lueders and Giulio Zardo edged Switzerland Two by 0.04 seconds to win a World Cup two-man race.


WORLD CUP AERIALS: American Eric Bergoust won his second consecutive World Cup aerials title Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y., overcoming light snow to win the Gateway Freestyle Classic.

In the final competition before the U.S. Olympic freestyle team is named, Brian Currutt of Park City finished fourth to practically secure a spot on the team along with Bergoust, who has already clinched a position. The top American was Brenda Petzold, who finished seventh to help her chances of going to the Olympics.

U.S. TEAM: The 14-person U.S. freestyle Olympic team will be named Monday afternoon, with the roster will be divided about evenly between aerialists and mogulers.

On the moguls side, Jeremy Bloom, Travis Mayer and 1998 Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley have spots wrapped up for the men, based on first-place finishes in previous events. Shannon Bahrke, Hannah Hardaway and Jillian Vogtli will be on the women's team, with one or two more mogulers to be added to the team when it is named Monday.

Securing a spot on the aerials squad are Eric Bergoust and Brian Currutt on the men's team and Emily Cook, Brenda Petzold and Tracy Evans for the U.S. women.

Officials had not announced by press time the other two men on the aerials team or the final man to the moguls team. The coaches have some discretion in deciding these final spots. Among the aerialists, Park City's Joe Pack is in the running.


WORLD CUP: Markus Prock led a 1-2-3 Austrian finish in a Luge World Cup race under heavy snow Sunday, his first singles victory in three years.

Three-time Olympic champion George Hackl, Prock's longtime rival, crashed in his second run. Prock's two-run time was 1 minute, 41.579 seconds.

Markus Kleinheinz finished second in 1:41.934, with Rainer Margreiter third in 1:42.029.


U.S. TEAM: Two U.S. snowboarders have earned return trips to the Olympics, while a third put himself in position to do the same.

Lisa Kosglow, Boise, and Rosey Fletcher, Girdwood, Alaska, earned spots Sunday finishing as the top two Americans in a World Cup parallel giant slalom race in Bardonechia, Italy.

"It's over," Kosglow said. "I am relieved and excited."

Chris Klug, Aspen, Colo., might be feeling a little relief, too. Touted as the best U.S. slalom racer and Olympic medal hopeful, he had struggled to three fifth-place finishes in previous qualification meets. As the top American Sunday, Klug moved into the third spot on the men's team with one more race to go. The U.S. may enter up to four riders in the 2002 Games.