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Highs and lows at winter sport events

Dario Cologna gained his first victory of the season in the sprint free in the Slovenian resort of Rogla on Sunday.

It was his first ever victory in a sprint, and followed his second place in the 15 kilometer classic on Saturday, where he was 0.2” behind Petter Northug of Norway.

Nikolay Morilov of Russia and Anderse Glörsen of Norway came second and third respectively.

Until now Cologna has been known mainly for his abilities over long distances.

After ten out of 37 events in the overall cross-country World Cup he currently stands second behind Northug.

In the World Cup bobsleigh event in the German resort of Winterberg, Beat Hefti took second place in the two-man race, his third podium place in three races. He had come first in Igls, in Austria, and third in the French resort of La Plagne.

With three out of eight races now completed, Hefti is in second place, only 25 points behind the leader, Thomas Florschütz of Germany, the winner at both Winterberg and La Plagne.

The Swiss  duo of Fabienne Meyer and Hanne Schenk came third in the women’s event, as they did at La Plagne.

They are currently third in the World Cup ranking for the discipline.

Swiss skiers did not do so well in the giant slalom at Alta Badia in Italy. Didier Defago was the highest placed, coming in ninth. Didier Cuche failed to qualify after making a bad error on the first run.

In the ski-jumping in Engelberg, Simon Ammann came in ninth.

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