U.S. again falls short in skiing


The U.S. ski team continued to underachieve yesterDay, failing to win a medal in either the men's giant slalom or the women's super-G. The team came into these Games with high expectations and have managed only a gold by Ted Ligety in men's combined.

Bode Miller, who entered the Games as the poster child for the U.S. hopes, finished a disappointing sixth over the two runs of the giant slalom. Benjamin Raich of Austria won the gold, France's Joel Chenal got the silver and Hermann Maier of Austria took home the bronze.

Erik Schlopy of the U.S. was 13th. Ligety and Daron Rahlves failed to finish their first runs.

In the women's super-G, which was postponed from Sunday afternoon, Michaela Dorfmeister won the gold followed by Janica Kostelic of Croatia and Alexandra Meissnitzer of Austria.

Lindsey Kildow was the highest placing American in seventh place. Kirsten Clark was 14th and Libby Ludlow was 28th.

Bobsled -- The U.S. is in good position to medal in the women's two-person event. The sled of Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming finished the first two runs in third place behind sleds from Germany and Canada. The final two heats will be held today. The other U.S. sled of Jean Prahm and Vonetta Flowers is in ninth place. Flowers teamed with Jill Bakken to win the gold in 2002.

Freestyle skiing -- Jeret Peterson was the only aerialist from the U.S. to advance out of qualifying to Thursday's finals. His two runs were good enough for eighth position. China's Xiaopeng Han had the high score followed by Dmitri Dashinski of Bulgaria and Warren Shouldice of Canada. Americans Joe Pack, Ryan St. Onge and Eric Bergoust failed to qualify.

Curling -- The U.S. men earned a spot in the semifinals, even though it lost to Canada, 6-3. The Canadian needed a win to get the final spot in the medal round. The U.S. will play Canada again tomorrow, while Finland plays Britain in the other semifinal. The women's medal round will be contested without the U.S. Sweden will play Norway and Switzerland will play Canada in the semifinals tomorrow. The U.S. team finished 2-7 with a 10-4 loss to Britain.

Ski Jumping -- Austria continued its dominance on the large hill as it won the team jumping competition. Thomas Morgenstern, who won the individual gold on Saturday, was the anchor to the Austrian team. Finland took the silver and Norway got the bronze. Roar Ljoekelsoey of Norway had the day's longest jump. The U.S. didn't make it to the finals, finishing 14th.

John Cherwa is the Tribune sports coordinator.

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