Thursday, August 19, 2004


Unlike the Alpine competitors, the Nordic skiers did not have a world championship tournament in 1996 and thus were able to focus fully on the 17th Nordic World Cup. In that competition Bj�rn D�hlie of Norway and Vladimir Smirnov of Kazakstan continued their supremacy. D�hlie retained the overall title, his fourth in five years, with runner-up Smirnov denied a chance to