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Americans third in World Cup opener

Updated: December 2, 2011, 10:53 AM ET
Associated Press

IGLS, Austria -- Bobsled pair Anja Schneiderheinze and Lisette Thoene led a German 1-2 finish at the first World Cup race of the season.

They were fastest in both runs and finished in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 47.26 seconds to beat defending overall World Cup champions Sandra Kiriasis and Petra Lammert by 0.18.

Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling of the United States shared third with Christina Hengster and Inga Versen of Austria, trailing the winners by 0.56.

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