Originally created 01/18/98

Schifferer wins downhill for third victory of season

WENGEN Switzerland -- Austrian Andreas Schifferer won his third World Cup downhill of the season today, ending teammate Hermann Maier's winning streak at five races.

Schifferer skied down the sun-drenched 2,315-meter classic Lauberhorn course in 2 minutes 28.32 seconds.

Once again, it was a French skier who prevented an Austrian sweep, with Jean-Luc Cretier taking second place in 2:29.29, ahead of Maier, who was third in 2:29.65.

France's Nicolas Burtin stopped the Austrian sweep in Friday's downhill, finishing second behind Maier and ahead of Schifferer, who was third.

Today was the third straight time Schifferer has won the second race of a double downhill. The Austrian also won the second of two downhills in Beaver Creek, Colo., at the start of the season and more recently the second of two downhills in Bormio, Italy.

It was Schifferer's fourth career victory, with the 23-year-old winning in a Super-G in Vail, Colo., last season.

While Maier failed to extend his winning streak, he did manage a top three finish for the 14th time in 17 races.


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