Lake Placid, NY Feb. 18 (AP by John Kekis)–Ed Podivinsky gave Canada its second gold medal of the Winter Goodwill Games today, winning the second men’s downhill competition and again spoiling the aspirations of the vaunted Austrians.
The five Austrians who made the trip here were shut out of medals Thursday, and only Fritz Strobl made the podium today, getting the bronze. Chris Puckett of the United States collected his second straight silver.
The oft-injured Podivinsky, who missed last season with a knee injury, finished in 1 minute, 49.21 seconds. Vincent Blanc of France, who won the first downhill, finished ninth today.
Early-morning temperatures near zero and a stiff afternoon wind hardened the course and might have cost the Austrians Thursday’s race. Hannes Trinkl, who won a World Cup downhill in Canada in December, was fifth; Werner Franz, who won one of last week’s super-Gs, was seventh; and Strobl, who won the world’s toughest downhill, the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbuhel, Austria, last month, was 11th.
Blanc, a Frenchman who failed to finish both World Cup super-G races last weekend at St. Anton, Austria, completed his run in 1:49.84, beating Puckett, of Boulder, Colo., by .12 seconds. Canada’s Kevin Wert, who won bronze Thursday, skied off course today, along with Trinkl.
Weather didn’t affect today’s race. However, another snowstorm was bearing down on the Northeast, and forecasters were calling for up to a foot of snow here later in the day.
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