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Russian Takes Sprint Race, But Idaho Woman Keeps Title

Sat., March 2, 1996, midnight

The Russian-American summit atop a hill in Norway’s far north produced two smiling winners Friday: Warwara Zelenskaja made some history for Russia, Picabo Street for the United States.

Zelenskaja, 23, gained the first World Cup victory by a Russian woman when she overcame a mistake in the second run to win the downhill sprint at Narvik, Norway. Street, 24, of Sun Valley, Idaho, finished second and retained her World Cup downhill title after becoming the first American woman to clinch the prestigious award last season.

“It’s like a dream,” Street said.

The World Cup downhill title caps a remarkable season in which Street also became the first American to clinch the speed event at the World Championships, when she won in Sierra Nevada, Spain, last month. On Thursday, Street beat Zelenskaja, while the order was reversed Friday. Both days, Heidi Zurbriggen of Switzerland was third.



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