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OLYMPIAN ADDED: Aerialist Jeret "Speedy" Peterson was added to the U.S. Olympic team Monday to replace injured Emily Cook.

Cook, the defending U.S. aerials champion, withdrew Friday after doctors determined she wouldn't be able to compete in the games because of an injury to her right foot.

Under selection rules, coaches had to replace Cook with the next-best aerialist under the selection criteria. Peterson's fourth-place finish in a World Cup event Jan. 18 earned him the Olympic spot.

"I've got some mixed emotions ? disappointed that Emily can't go but certainly pleased I'm going to the games," said Peterson of Boise, Idaho. "This isn't the way I wanted it to be, but now I have the opportunity."

Peterson's addition means the United States has four men, including 1998 gold medalist Eric Bergoust, on the aerials team, but only two women, Brenda Petzold and Tracy Evans.

WOMEN'S GIANT SLALOM: Norway's Stina Hofgard Nilsen and Andrine Flemmen laughed when they drew the first two starting bibs before their World Cup giant slalom race.

"We joked with each other that we should also finish 1 and 2," said Nilsen, who edged her teammate for her first career World Cup win. "It's incredible, but it happened."

Nilsen had a combined time of 2 minutes, 44.37 seconds, 0.60 ahead of Flemmen on the Olimpia delle Tofane course. Italy's Karen Putzer finished third, followed by overall World Cup leader Michaela Dorfmeister.

Sarah Schleper was the best American finisher, placing 14th, followed in 15th place by teammate Kristina Koznick.