CALGARY, Alberta — American star Shani Davis set the track record in winning the men's 1,000 meters on Sunday at the World Cup, while Canadian speedskater Christine Nesbitt won a pair of gold medals and helped set a world record.
Davis finished in 1 minute, 6.91 seconds at the Olympic Oval, well ahead of Lee Kyou-Hyuk of South Korea in 1:07.61. Denny Morrison of Canada was third in 1:07.77.
Nesbitt won the women's 1,000-meter race in 1:14.03, then teamed with Kristina Groves and Brittany Schussler to set the world record in the team pursuit.
Their time of 2:55.79 was 25-hundreds faster than the mark that Daniela Anschutz Thoms, Annie Friesinger-Postma and Claudia Pechstein set in 2005.
"It's wow, but at the same time it's something that last year we were doing well in the team pursuit, especially toward the end of the season," Nesbitt said. "It's something we all knew we could do and it was just a matter of putting the race together and doing it. We know we didn't have a perfect race, even in that, so it's really cool."
Annette Gerritsen of the Netherlands was second in the women's 1,000 in 1:14.48, and Monique Angermueller of Germany third in 1:14.68. The top American was Jennifer Rodriguez in seventh.
Japan was second in women's pursuit in 2:59.79, while Germany took bronze in 3:00.25.
The Netherlands won the men's pursuit in 3:38.05. Canada took the silver in 3:39.17 and Norway was third in 3:41.59.
The long track speedskaters move on to another World Cup meet next weekend at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.
HOLCOMB DRIVES 'NIGHT TRAIN' TO 2ND STRAIGHT WIN: At Cesana Pariol, Italy, Utah's Steven Holcomb drove United States I to its second consecutive four-man bobsled World Cup victory on Sunday.
Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz won in a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 51.22 seconds on Sunday, leading both runs on the track used for the 2006 Turin Olympics.
"It takes work every week to get on the podium, so it's never an easy journey to win gold," Holcomb said. "You usually know on your second run if you held onto the lead, but it's still surprising to see your time on the clock."
Switzerland I with Ivo Rueegg, Roman Handschin, Cedric Grand and Patrick Bloechliger finished second, a whopping 0.41 seconds behind.
Canada I with Lyndon Rush, Chris Le Bihan, Dan Humphries and Lascelles Brown placed third, 0.45 back.
American John Napier had a strong first run but faltered in the second to finish ninth in 1:52.00.
Holcomb holds a 25-point lead over Rush in the World Cup standings.
Olsen, Mesler and Tomasevicz gave the "Night Train" sled the best start times in both heats with push times of 4.77 and 4.74 seconds.
"I need to give credit to the guys because we had two fast pushes," Holcomb said. "... We have all the components to make it work, and the team came together today."
The last time Holcomb won on a European track was in January 2007 in the four-man World Cup competition in Cortina, Italy. Holcomb won the overall title that season, and is on track to reclaiming the crown going into the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
VONN SECOND TO GOERGL IN SUPER-G AT LAKE LOUISE: At Lake Louise, Alberta, Park City's Lindsey Vonn's bid for three World Cup wins in three days came up just short Sunday, when she was edged by Elisabeth Goergl of Austria in the super-G.
The two-time defending overall World Cup champion finished just 0.03 seconds behind Goergl's winning time of 1 minute, 21.91 seconds, while Ingrid Jacquemod of France was third in 1:22.93.
Vonn won the season-opening downhill races Friday and Saturday.
"I was happy with my run, but it's always a little bit tough to lose by three one-hundredths. It's such a small margin," Vonn said. "Obviously Lizzy had the better run today and I'll have to look at the video and see where I can make up time for the next race."
The Minnesota native was actually quicker on the upper reaches of the 2,026-meter course than Goergl, whose victory was the first in the seven World Cup races this season for the Austrian women's team.?
JANKA WINS GS FOR 3RD WORLD CUP VICTORY IN A ROW: At Beaver Creek, Colo., when Carlo Janka zoomed into the finish area Sunday, skis spraying a cloud of snow to signal his third consecutive World Cup victory, the last man to compile that long a winning streak quickly came over and showed his respect.
As Janka began to celebrate, reigning overall champion Aksel Lund Svindal raised a hand and bowed, then bowed again. The message was clear: "We're not worthy."
Right now, no one is. Janka simply can't be beaten. The 23-year-old Swiss skier wrapped up a 3-for-3 weekend by winning a giant slalom Sunday, becoming the first man to take three World Cup races in a row since Svindal did it more than 2 1/2 years ago.
"Janka's skiing has been pretty incredible. It's crazy to see how well he did here," said Park City's Ted Ligety, who was fourth in the GS. "He's definitely a strong kid. He doesn't do anything crazy special with his skiing. He just doesn't make mistakes."
HAMLIN CLINCHES OLYMPIC LUGE SPOT, GERMANS SWEEP: At Altenberg, Germany, for months, Erin Hamlin would cringe before participating in any discussions about racing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
"I have to make the team first," Hamlin said, more than once.
That's no longer a worry.
The 23-year-old reigning world women's luge champion from Remsen, N.Y., officially clinched her spot Sunday for the Vancouver Games, finishing fifth behind four Germans in a World Cup race. It'll be her second trip to the Olympics, after finishing 12th at the Turin Games in 2006.
"It's nice to know that I don't have to worry about qualification any more and I can just concentrate on each race as it comes," said Hamlin, who needed a top-five finish on the World Cup circuit to secure her spot on the U.S. team.
Hamlin is the first American luge competitor to clinch an Olympic trip. The remainder of the U.S. roster will be unveiled Dec. 18.?
RUSSIAN MEN, ITALIAN WOMEN WIN TEAM SPRINTS: At Duesseldorf, Germany, Nikolay Morilov and Alexei Petukhov of Russia have won the men's team sprint race at a cross-country World Cup meet.
The Russians beat the Norwegian pair of Eirik Brandsdal and Anders Gloersen in Sunday's 6x1.5-kilometer event on the banks of the River Rhine in Duesseldorf, Germany. The Swedish team of Robin Bryntesson and Bjorn Lind was third.
Magda Genuin and Arianna Follis of Italy won the women's 6x0.8K event. Ida Ingemarsdotter and Hanna Falk of Sweden were second and Norway's Celine Brun-Lie and Maiken Caspersen Falla finished third