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AUSTRIAN SKIERS DOMINATE AGAIN

Austrian skiers finished first and second in Tuesday's World Cup downhill and took six of the top eight spots for yet another team triumph. Andreas Schifferer beat teammate Werner Franz by .18 seconds down the icy and treacherous Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy.

The 1-2 Austrian finish added to Monday's sweep of the top four places led by World Cup leader Hermann Maier.

Third-place finisher Lasse Kjus of Norway said the Austrians are almost unbeatable at the moment.

"You must ski very well to beat them, and I was not perfect today," Kjus said. "They are pushed by rivalry for getting a place on the Olympic team and are taking advantage from hard summer training."

Elsewhere, a lack of snow, which has caused havoc with the World Cup ski circuit, has prompted two women's races next week to be moved to Italy from Germany. The international ski federation said that a women's slalom and giant slalom would be held in Bormio on Jan. 5-6.

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