BYU's Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming win bobsled race

Published: Friday, Jan. 14 2011 8:51 p.m. MST

USA pilot Shauna Rohbock, front, and brakewoman Valerie Fleming won their first race of the season Friday.

Associated Press

IGLS, Austria — American pair Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming won their first women's World Cup bobsled race of the season Friday.

They were third after the opening run before posting the fastest second-run time to finish in an aggregate 1 minute, 48.50 seconds and beat Anja Schneiderheinze-Stoeckel and Christin Senkel of Germany by 0.09 seconds.

Fabienne Meyer and Hanne Schenk of Switzerland were another 0.11 back in third.

Sandra Kiriasis and Stephanie Schneider of Germany, who won three of four previous races this season, remained atop the standings with 1,061 points. Cathleen Martini and Romy Logsch of Germany followed with 1,003, and Meyer and Schenk were third with 896. Rohbock and Fleming are in fifth with 805 points.

A two-men bobsled race in Igls is scheduled for Saturday.

MEN'S DOWNHILL: At Wengen, Switzerland, Ivica Kostelic won a World Cup super-combined event Friday to extend his lead in the overall standings with a third victory in 12 days. Bode Miller was the top American in sixth place.

Kostelic dominated the afternoon slalom run, after placing sixth in the downhill, for a combined two-leg time of 2 minutes 40.44 seconds. Carlo Janka of Switzerland was second, 0.58 seconds back. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was third.

American Ted Ligety used the second-best slalom run to place ninth.

With 100 race points for victory, Kostelic holds a 109-point advantage on Svindal in the standings.

Kostelic's 14th World Cup win came after victories in a parallel slalom event this month at Munich and a slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland.

Miller, who edged Kostelic for the Olympic super-combined gold medal last February, was 1.68 back. The American got his best result of the season in a traditional World Cup race.

Ligety had the second-fastest slalom run in snowy conditions he described as "horrendous" after days of rain and warm weather.

"The course is just bottomless slush," said Ligety, who finished 23rd in the downhill. Ligety stayed fifth in the overall standings.

WOMEN'S GIANT SLALOM: At Maribor, Slovenia, The International Ski Federation says the women's World Cup giant slalom race today is doubtful after days of warm weather and rain have damaged the course in Slovenia.

FIS women's race director Atle Skaardal said Friday that a final decision about staging the race would be made just hours before the start.

The course has been softened by unusually high temperatures of up to 59 degrees. Course workers are trying to harden it by injecting water and chemicals into the snow. A women's slalom race on the same course is scheduled for Sunday.

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