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Infants Needn’t Cause Uphill Battle When You Want A Day On The Slopes

When I was expecting my first child, several outdoorsy friends expressed surprised that someone with so many active interests would want something as limiting as a baby. Wrong! Having little kids doesn't mean that folks can't ski. In fact, skiing is one of the most baby- and child-friendly sports, believe it or not.

Spokane Langlauf Weekend

All events at Mount Spokane crosscountry ski trails. Entry forms available at crosscountry ski shops. SATURDAY, FEB. 4 Event: Intergalactic Hyperski Distance: 2.5K, 5K, 10K, 15K. Start time: 11 a.m. for ages 7-20; 12:30 p.m. for seniors and masters. Entry: $15 by Jan. 25. $20 late.

Comeback Italiano

Kristian Ghedina became the first Italian since 1990 to win a World Cup downhill ski race with a smooth effort at Wengen, Switzerland, that capped his comeback from a near-fatal auto accident. The downhill specialist covered the famous Lauberhorn course in 2 minutes, 26.33 seconds, .85 seconds ahead Peter Rzehjak. American Kyle Rasmussen was 10th, beating his compatriot and reigning Olympic downhill champion, Tommy Moe, by two-hundredths of a second. At Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, Picabo Street of Sun Valley, Idaho, finished second in women's World Cup competition. The 1994 Olympic silver medalist led until German Michaela Gerg-Leitner beat her by two-hundredths of a second.

Mader Hits Super-G

Guenther Mader of Austria earned his 11th World Cup victory, capturing a men's Super-G race. Mader was timed in 1 minute, 21 52 seconds, only .03 seconds ahead of Peter Runggaldier of Italy. Armin Assinger of Austria was third at 1:21.70.

Same Stuff, Different Day

It isn't that Alberto Tomba is tired of winning. But as long as he continues, little will change afterward. "Always the same press conference," the Italian superstar wrote on the board at the media center after winning at Kitzbuehel, Austria, his sixth straight World Cup slalom race this season. "Can we make something new this time ?" Why? Tomba, who beat Slovenian Jure Kosir by .82 seconds, has won eight races this season and 41 in his career. Dating to the end of last season, his run of slalom victories is eight. Girardelli of Luxembourg won the combined event based on the results of the downhill and the slalom. Tomba had the best time on both runs for a total of 1 minute, 37.26 seconds. He had a 49.32-second first run to lead by .06 seconds over Kosir before extending his margin with a second run of 47.94. Tomba leads in the overall standings with 850 points. Kosir, whose time for the two runs totaled 1:38.08, moved into second place with 430 points. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Martina Ertl used her daredevil style and mistakes by top rivals to give Germany its first women's World Cup slalom victory in more than seven years. Ertl made a mistake on the upper part of the Gudiberg course, but regained her balance and made it to the end with a combined time of 1 minute, 22.54 seconds for two runs.

Skier Has Unique Double

Luc Alphand propels himself into history books during one of his unprecedented two World Cup skiing victories in one day. Photo by Associated Press

Tomba Wins Again

As usual, Alberto Tomba proves he has the inside edge in the slalom, as he cuts his way Sunday to a World Cup gold. Photo by Associated Press

To Foil Ski Or Snowboard Theft, Check Them In Or Lock Them Up

The snowboarders at 49 Degrees North have got it figured out. "They carry big ol' chains, and chain 'em to the deck rail," says the ski resort's general manager, Denny Burmeister. "They've got some chains out there that'd hold logs on a truck."

Miscellany

Sweden's Patrik Jaerbyn, racing in North America because of the snow drought in most of Europe, won a pair of North American Championship Series super-Gs in near-zero cold and strong winds at Carrabassett Valley, Maine. The opening round of the Mercedes Championships, the PGA's first tournament of 1995, was postponed after heavy rains left water on the course in Carlsbad, Calif.

People

Tab Ramos, the U.S. midfielder who sustained a serious head injury during the World Cup last summer, became the first player to sign with Major League Soccer, which plans to play its inaugural season in 1996. . . . Former Minnesota Twins outfielder Shane Mack and the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants agreed to a two-year deal worth about $8.1 million. . . . Kate Monahan of Aspen, Colo., won her second North American Championship Series giant slalom in two days, completing a sweep by U.S. skiers of four NorAm races at Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

U.S. Wins At Sugarloaf

Olympic medalists Picabo Street and Hilary Lindh of the U.S. Ski Team won North American Championship Series super-G races at Sugarloaf USA. Street, the 1994 Olympic downhill silver medalist from Sun Valley, Idaho, won the first event in 1 minute, 22.54 seconds. Kate Pace of Canada, the reigning world downhill champion, was second at 1:23.89, followed by Lindh, the 1992 Olympic downhill silver medalist from Juneau, Alaska, at 1:24.03.