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Last Updated: Monday, 20 February 2006, 14:37 GMT
Dorfmeister lands skiing double
Michaela Dorfmeister celebrates her victory
Dorfmeister is ending her Olympic career on a high
Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister sealed an Olympic skiing double as she added the super-G crown to her downhill title.

Dorfmeister, 32, who is set to retire at the end of the season, triumphed in the weather-delayed event in a time of one minute, 32.47 seconds.

She was 0.27 seconds ahead of Croatian combined champion Janica Kostelic.

Dorfmeister's team-mate Alexandra Meissnitzer won bronze in 1:33.06, while Britain's Chemmy Alcott finished in 19th position.

Dorfmeister stood motionless at the finish line after completing her blistering run and was initially unaware of her victory.

"To have two golds is like a dream, it's unbelievable. I haven't taken it in yet," said Dorfmeister, who was second by 0.01 secs to American Picabo Street in the super-G in Nagano in 1998.

It really is the best to be able to end your career on top
Michaela Dorfmeister
"I had no idea when I got to the end because there was only my name on the screen. I only realised what had happened when Janica came over and said 'you've won'.

"I had such fast skis today - they were so fast they were hard to keep control of."

Kostelic's silver, her sixth career Games medal, makes her the most decorated woman in Olympic Alpine skiing history.

The four-time gold medallist had pulled out of the race originally to recover from illness following her combined win on Saturday.

But a one-day delay, caused by bad weather on Sunday, gave the 24-year-old the chance to increase her Olympic medal haul.

Today was a big learning curve
GB's Chemmy Alcott
Canada's Kelly Vanderbeek, who led after a fine early run, was edged out of the places in fourth while Swedish star Anja Paerson was down in 12th.

France's Carole Montillet, the 2002 downhill Olympic champion, finished her Winter Games career with a brave fifth place despite skiing with a broken rib.

Alcott finished in 1:34.20 and supporters may have hoped for better in her strongest event after she came 11th in last Wednesday's downhill, the best Olympic result for a British female skier since 1968.

"I'm not disappointed because I went as hard as I could, and that's a really good attitude to take into every race," said Alcott, who was disqualified from Friday's combined event because her skis were too narrow.

"There is a big section of flat, and I'm too aggressive for that. But I was still up in some sections - and that shows I can still be a world-class skier.

"Every race I do I take something from it. I write a little diary to make me a better athlete - and today was a big learning curve."


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