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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 February 2006, 15:25 GMT
Kostelic retains combined crown
Janica Kostelic
It's nice to know about records but they are there to be broken and someone will come and win five
Janica Kostelic
Croatian skier Janica Kostelic pipped Austria's Marlies Schild to retain her Olympic title in the weather-delayed women's combined event.

Kostelic, 24, won the downhill, which began a day after its scheduled start, to triumph in two minutes 51.08 seconds for a record fourth Olympic gold medal.

Schild, who led after Friday's slalom sections, was 0.50 seconds behind.

Swede Anja Pearson took bronze in 2:51.63, while Briton Chemmy Alcott was disqualified on Friday for narrow skis.

Kostelic, the 2002 giant slalom, slalom and combined champion and silver medallist in super-G, was forced to pull out of Wednesday's downhill event with a high pulse rate.

But she bounced back on Saturday to join Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who earlier won the men's super-G, as the first Alpine skiers in Olympic history to win four career golds.

"It's always nice to know about records but they are there to be broken and someone will come and win five," she said.

"I always ski good when I'm sick, I try to push myself more."

But Kostelic revealed that the victory had taken a lot out of her and would probably miss Sunday's super-G.

Janica Kostelic
Kostelic's brother Ivica won silver in the men's combined

"It's 99% that I'm not going to ski the super-G tomorrow. I need more power. I'm feeling really weak," she said.

With her brother, Ivica, taking silver in the men's combined on Tuesday, Kostelic also became part of the first brother and sister pair to win Alpine skiing medals in the same Winter Games since 1980.

"I'm more happy for my brother than for my own medal. It means so much to him," she added.

Slalom specialist Schild took a narrow 0.46-second lead into the downhill after two slalom legs, while Paerson kept a trio of Austrians - Kathrin Zettel, Nicole Hosp and Michaela Kirchgasser - off the podium.

Sweden's Paerson claimed her second bronze of the Games after coming third in the downhill.

Alcott, 22, had been lying in 29th spot after a solid first slalom run on Friday but was unable to continue when it was revealed her skis had broken strict FIS regulations.

High winds forced organisers to call off Friday's downhill for safety reasons after Nika Fleiss, the first skier down the course, was blown over by the wind.


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