Austrians clean up again at women’s World Cup
ASPEN, Colo. ” New day. Same story.
Saturday, the Austrian women’s alpine team captured three of the top four giant slalom spots at the Aspen Winternational.
The country’s reign continued Sunday when Marlies Schild and Nicole Hosp finished 1-2 in slalom. Schild, who posted the day’s two fastest runs, finished in 1 minute, 43.18 seconds, .8 seconds better than her teammate. The win is Schild’s eighth World Cup win in slalom, her ninth overall.
Schild, who was disqualified on her first giant slalom run Saturday, has won both World Cup slaloms this season; she and Hosp were first and second in Levi, Finland, on Nov. 11.
The win helped the 25-year-old maintain her lead in the International Ski Federation’s World Cup overall standings. She in familiar company at the top of that list; Austrians occupy the top four spots.
“I was not happy about my day (yesterday),” Schild said. “I wanted to do good today. I did.”
Schild’s success helps erase two straight years of disappointment in Aspen. She did not finish the first run of last year’s slalom or either slalom in 2004. Her best finish in last year’s Winternational was a 27th in super G.
“I like (the course) a lot better now,” she joked.
Sweden’s Therese Borssen finished third Saturday, 1.07 seconds off Schild’s pace. Fellow Swede Anja Paerson, still working her way back from a right knee surgery following the Olympics, made great strides with a fourth-place result.
Paerson, last year’s slalom winner in Aspen and Olympic champion, was fifth after the first run. She dropped .24 seconds during a strong second run to vault into the lead with five competitors left to race. The two skiers that followed did not best her time, but the final three ” Hosp, Borssen and Schild ” topped her, bumping the two-time overall champion off the podium.
For a second consecutive day, only three of nine Americans qualified for a second run. For those that did race during the afternoon session ” Lindsey Kildow, Julia Mancuso and Resi Stiegler ” only Kildow (16), who finished a full four seconds behind Schild, cracked the top 20.
“I was all over the place out there,” Kildow said after her first run. “I kept getting ejected. I had one ski up in the air. I had a couple Bode (Miller) moves.”
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