Swiss gold winner can keep controversial bondings

Normal hill winner Simon Ammann, of Switzerland, can keep using the modified bindings that anchor his boots to his skis -- and he can keep his gold medal, too.


The International Ski Federation dismissed complaints by the Austrians that Ammann was breaking the rules, and gave him permission to stick with the equipment for today's large hill event.

Wearing his now-controversial equipment, Ammann flew past his main rivals in the qualifying session Friday. He jumped even farther in the trial round, then playfully turned his skis around when holding them up to the camera to hide the bindings.

OHNO'S QUEST: Apolo Anton Ohno knows what awaits him as he attempts to careen into U.S. Olympic history.

"Tomorrow is going to b caaraazzzy! Can u dig it?" the short-track speedskater tweeted before practice Friday at Pacific Coliseum.

Ohno resumes his quest for a seventh career Olympic medal in today's 1,000 meters. A victory would break his six-medal tie with long-track speedskater Bonnie Blair as the most decorated American Winter Olympian.

BOBSLED INJURY: Swiss brakeman Juerg Egger was strapped to a support board and taken away by ambulance after his two-man sled overturned during practice at the Whistler Sliding Center. A team doctor said there were no serious injuries.

The driver for the Swiss team, Daniel Schmid, withdrew from the two-man and four-man bobsled competitions "for safety reasons," following the crash.

A statement said Schmid will not compete in either event and that the decision for him to drop out was made jointly between the Swiss team and bobsled officials.

The two-man field will also be missing the gold-medal favorite: Beat Hefti of Switzerland, this season's World Cup champion and a bronze winner four years ago.

Hefti withdrew Friday because of a concussion from an accident during practice Wednesday night.

VONN'S READY: Lindsey Vonn will race in today's Olympic super-G after taking a day off skis to rest her bruised right shin.

Vonn's husband, Thomas , said that resting Friday while many racers skied "definitely helped her shin out."

He says it's "one of those injuries that hurts a lot, but it's not really affecting her skiing a whole lot."

Vonn won gold in the downhill Wednesday, and led after the first portion of the super-combined Thursday before falling in the slalom run.

Instead of practicing Friday, she got treatment on the shin and watched the men's super-G race on TV.