Enke wins 4th medal; downhill postponed
East German speed skater Karin Enke concluded a tremendous individual performance at the Winter Olympics Wednesday by winning the silver medal in the 3,000 meters giving her two golds and two silvers in the four women's events. The 22-year old former figure skater had earlier won the 1,000- and 1,500-meter races, the latter in world record time, and finished second in the 500.
It was Enke's teammate Andrea Schoene, who had finished second in both the 1, 000 and 1,500, who denied Karin a third gold medal by finally beating her out in the 3,000, with Gabi Schoenbrun taking the bronze to make it a 1-2-3 East German sweep and give that nation a total of nine of the 12 women's speed skating medals awarded. The East Germans wound up with all four golds and silvers plus one bronze, with the Soviet Union picking up the other three third places.
In other competition Wednesday, Hans Stangassing and Franz Wembacher of West Germany won the men's double luge, Evgeny Belousov and Andrei Belyakov of the Soviet Union came in second, and Joerg Hoffman and Jochen Pietzsch of East Germany were third, while Norway won the women's 4x5 kilometer cross-country relay with Czechoslovkia second and Finland third.
The women's downhill, the only other final on Wednesday's program, was halted because of a Canadian protest after four racers had competed, then postponed altogether because of a Canadian protest after four racers had competed, then postponed altogether because of weather conditions. It was rescheduled for Friday.
Six forerunners had skied, on of them falling, than after the first two racers made it down, Canadian world champion Gerry Sorensen also fell. Canada immediately protested, and after the next skier raced, officials called a temporary halt.
The spot where both skiers had fallen contained a "white-out" situation because of glare from the snow, and it was found that race organizers had failed to follow the standard practice of sprinkling pine needles there to provide a contrast which would enable skiers to read the contours if te ciyrse, The protest was therefore upheld, and it was decided to re-start the race, but then weather conditions worsened and it was put off until Friday.
Seventeen-year-old Michela Figini of Switzerland, the first skier down the course, was leading when the race was stopped. Holly Flanders of the United States had a mediocre run and will benefit from the rescheduling.