Russian takes one-jump event marred by weather

World champion Dmitri Arkhipov of
Russia won a one-jump World Cup aerials meet Friday, and Nina Li of
China took the top spot in the women's competition at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Overnight rain and then wet snow forced a three-hour delay in
the start of the Nature Valley Freestyle Cup at the
MacKenzie-Intervale Jumping Complex. Because of the delay,
organizers had to limit the contest to one jump for men and women.
Normally, everyone jumps and the top 10 move on to the finals.

Arkhipov received 126.60 points for his quad-twisting triple.
Canadian Warren Shouldice received 123.26 for second and Canadian
Jeff Bean was third with 122.15.

Former Olympic, world and World Cup champion Eric Bergoust of
Missoula, Mont., had the top U.S. result, finishing fifth (120.59).
Jeret Peterson of Boise, Idaho, finished seventh and remained
aerials World Cup points leader after four events.

Li got the second win of her career with a triple-twisting
double jump worth 96.56 points. Second place went to World Cup
leader Lydia Ierodiaconou of Australia, who scored 94.25, with
Shuang Cheng of China third (91.94).

Nachbar wins 1,500 at Euro short-track speedskating
Germany's Arian Nachbar scored a surprise victory in the 1,500-meter finals at the European short-track speedskating Championships at Turin's Palavela -- the first test event for the 2006 winter Olympics in northern Italy.
Nachbar won the men's event ahead of favorite Fabio Carta of
Italy. Nicola Franceschina, also an Italian, came in third.
Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria took the women's final, edging
Italy's Marta Capurso and Russia's Nina Evteeva.
Palavela, which has recently been restructured, will host
skating events during the Olympic games Feb. 10-26. Other tests events were scheduled next week at the bobsled and cross country venues in the western Alps, north of Turin.
The European championships continue through Sunday.

Skier Muehlegg plans comeback from ban
Cross-country skier Johann Muehlegg is set to make a comeback later this month at a race in Austria almost three years on from his positive dope test at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

German-born Muehlegg has been included in the start list
for a 50-kilometer event in Tannheim, Germany, Jan. 23.

"I think Johann wants to see where he stands," organizer
Michael Keller told German sports agency SID. "He's training
regularly, but I have no idea if he wants to return to the world

Muehlegg was stripped of the three gold medals he won when
competing for Spain in Salt Lake after he tested positive for
the blood-boosting drug darbepoetin after his victory in the
50-kilometer classical event.

After serving a two-year ban, Muehlegg turned down the
chance to return to the Spanish team. He will make his comeback
under his German passport, according to SID's report.

Russians tied for biathlon sprint lead
Russians Olga Pyleva and Svetlana Chernousova tied for first place in a 7.5-kilometer biathlon World Cup sprint at Ruhpolding, Germany, and Pyleva took over the lead in overall standings.
The teammates both finished in 24 minutes, 45.6 seconds, and
neither made a mistake on the shooting range.
Germany's Martina Glagow was third, 4.9 seconds behind.
After 11 of the season's 27 events, Pyleva leads the World Cup
standings with 351 points, ahead of Russia's Olga Zaitseva with 339
and France's Sandrine Bailly with 334.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.