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Bobsled

WORLD CUP: France's Bruno Mingeon won a Bobsled World Cup four-man race Saturday, while Switzerland's Martin Annen clinched both the four-man and two-man season titles.

Luge

U.S. FINISHES SECOND: The U.S. team of Chris Thorpe and Clay Ives finished second in luge doubles Saturday, and Olympic champion Silke Kraushaar of Germany won the overall World Cup singles title.

Thorpe and Ives were timed in 1:29.366, followed by Austrians Tobias and Markus Schiegl in 1:29.762. Thorpe is a 1998 Olympic silver medalist. This is the first time he and Ives won a World Cup medal together.

Skiing

SUPER GIANT SLALOM: Fritz Strobl strengthened his bid for a spot on Austria's powerful Olympic team by winning a World Cup super giant slalom Saturday on a tough course.

U.S. star Daron Rahlves was ninth, 1.39 seconds behind Strobl, in a race in which Austrians took three of the first four spots and five of the top 10.

Strobl was timed in 1 minute, 20.10 seconds for his second victory of the season following a downhill win in Bormio, Italy.

Switzerland's Didier Cuche finished second in 1:20.60. Austria's Stephen Eberharter, winner of the previous two super-Gs, was third in 1:20.79 and stretched his big lead in the overall World Cup standings.

WOMEN'S DOWNHILL: Austria's Renate Goetschl recorded her first downhill victory of the season Saturday in what might have been Picabo Street's last World Cup race.

U.S. skiers struggled again in the downhill, with Kirsten Clark finishing 13th and Street 19th.

Street was shaky in a downhill she won in 1995 and 1996. Her poor showing in Friday's super-G left her off the Olympic team in an event she won four years ago in Nagano, Japan.

The 30-year-old Street has qualified for the Olympic downhill and is considering retirement after the Salt Lake City Games. If she does, Saturday's race would be her last World Cup event. Much of the U.S. team plans to skip next week's races in Are, Sweden.

Goetschl was timed in 1 minute, 33.66 seconds. she was followed by two Italians — Isolde Kostner in 1:33.87 and Daniela Ceccarelli in 1:33.99 for her best career finish.

Snowboard

FRENCH STRONG: France made a strong showing in World Cup snowboarding Saturday with victories by Thomas Bourgault and Deborah Anthonioz.