Former Olympic gold medalist Bill Johnson remained in a coma Wednesday but was in stable condition. Doctors showed cautious optimism toward his signs of recovery from a near-death racing crash and four hours of brain surgery.
Careening down the icy course that claimed several top skiers in training-run crashes earlier this week, Austria's Alexandra Meissnitzer posted a time of 1 minute, 57.78 seconds to take an early lead in the Olympic women's downhill Wednesday.
World Cup leader Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria led both runs Thursday en route to winning the last pre-Olympic giant slalom by more than a second. Kristina Koznick had the second-fastest final run and moved up 10 spots to finish ninth.