Tuesday, January 11, 1994 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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For The Record

Aamodt Skis To Victory, Extends World Cup Lead

Kjetil-Andre Aamodt of Norway mastered a tough giant-slalom course today to secure his first World Cup victory of the season and extend his overall World Cup lead.

Aamodt skied down the long, icy Baerenalm Hoess course in Hinterstoder, Austria, in a two-run time of 2 minutes, 49.63 seconds and won by a big margin over two Austrians.

The victory was worth 100 World Cup points, putting Aamodt's overall total at 674 - 116 more than Guenther Mader of Austria, who fell in the first run. Alberto Tomba of Italy, two-time Olympic champion in the giant slalom, skipped the second heat after finishing the first in 21st place. Tomba told race officials he was suffering from a knee problem.

-- Laura Wilson of Montpelier, Vt., and Luke Bodensteiner of West Bend, Wis., a pair of ex-NCAA cross-country ski champions, won spots on the U.S. Olympic team by capturing trial races yesterday in 8-degree weather in Anchorage, Alaska.


Track stars Michael Johnson and Gail Devers were named sportsman and sportswoman of 1993 today by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Johnson was unbeaten in 400-meter races last year, winning gold medals at the World Track and Field Championships in the 400 and 1,600-meter relay. Devers, also 26, won the 100 meters and 100-meter hurdles at the world championships.

-- UCLA pitcher Lisa Fernandez, a four-time All-American, was named 1993 collegiate woman athlete of the year.


Defending champion Pete Sampras powered his way into the second round of the New South Wales Open championships in Sydney, Australia, today, beating Sweden's Jonas Svensson 6-4, 6-2. Second-seeded Andrei Medvedev was forced to withdraw because of a knee injury and said he might miss the year's first Grand Slam tournament, the Australia Open, which begins its two-week run next Monday.

-- Top seeds Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden and Alexander Volkov of Russia scored straight-set victories to advance to the second round of the New Zealand Open in Auckland.


David Wilkie, of Edmonds, was traded by the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League to the Regina Pats with teammate Scott Loucks for Louis Dumont and future considerations. Wilkie was taken in the first round of the 1992 NHL draft by Montreal.


Goalkeeper Kasey Keller of Lacey, on the verge of his fifth consecutive home shutout, fumbled an easy save attempt with one minute to play as Arsenal beat Millwall 1-0 in the third round of the Football Association Cup in London.

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