World Cup champions crowned in Italy 

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For the second year Eberharter ran away with the downhill title, earning 831 points in the event. Rahlves was a distant second with 627 and Hermann Maier, in the first full season of his comeback after a motorcycle accident nearly cost him his leg, was third with 537.

The top Canadian on the list is Mont Tremblant’s Erik Guay with 81 points. Guay who won a silver medal at Lake Louise in November before a serious crash and leg injury in mid-December put him out for the rest of the season.

Brydon was back in action the following day in the super G, along with teammate Simard.

Brydon, ranked 20 th heading into the final super G, had another solid day. She finished 12 th in the race, but didn’t advance in the rankings.

"It was a perfect day for racing – blue sky, nice hard track. It’s an awesome course," said Brydon of the track that will be used for the 2006 Olympics.

Simard didn’t do as well. A 25 th place finish dropped her two spots in the super G standings to 12 th .

"The top of the course was okay…. But I made a mistake and skied too conservatively. I didn’t go full-gas like I did in Cortina and the other super G races where I had good results," said the 24-year-old Simard.

The win went to Nadia Styger of Switzerland, followed by Maria Riesch of Germany and Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria.

Renate Goetschl of Austria claimed her second World Cup title in as many days with 467 points. Carole Montillet of France was second with 402 and Dorfmeister third with 391, knocking Hilde Gerg of Germany out of the third place position. Simard finished with 177 points and Brydon with 100.

The men’s super G medals went to three Austrians with Hermann Maier in first, Stephan Eberharter in second and Christoph Gruber in third. Benjamin Raich, another Austrian, was a close fourth.

No Canadians qualified for the final super G.

The super G title went to Maier with 580 points. Rahlves of the U.S. was second with 340 and Eberharter third with 312.

Guay was once again the top Canadian in the super G standings, finishing 24 th with 54 points.

The men’s giant slalom on March 13 was cancelled due to a snowstorm. American Bode Miller won the GS title with 410 points, followed by Kalle Palander of Finalnd with 349 and Massimiliano Blardone of Italy with 266.

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