Six U.S. Women to Compete at Copper WCs

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Copper Mountain, CO, Nov. 20, 2001--U.S. Ski Team newcomer Lauren Ross (Stowe, VT) will get her first World Cup start Thursday in a slalom at Copper Mountain, Coach Marjan Cernigoj said Monday night. Six U.S. women will compete in GS and six in slalom, he said.

ESPN will broadcast coverage of the races. Check local listings.

"Lauren has skied well in training and she looked good in the Nature Valley Alpine Cup slaloms at Loveland over the weekend," the coach said. "It's a big step but we have confidence in her." The 19-year-old, a first-year member of the C Team, was the overall champion in the 2000 Eastern Cup (development series) and No. 2 in Nor Am slalom standings a year ago.

Cernigoj said the U.S. lineup for Copper Mountain will include:

Giant slalom (Wednesday) -- Kristina Koznick (Burnsville, MN), Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO), Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO), Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME), Lindsey C. Kildow (Vail, CO), and Tatum Skoglund (Bellevue, WA).
Slalom (Thursday, Thanksgiving Day) -- Koznick, Schleper, Lalive, Ross, Kildow, and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA).

The Copper Mountain races were shifted from Aspen because of a lack of snow and prolonged warm temperatures, which have hindered snowmaking efforts. The men's World Cup tour will go ahead with a GS Saturday and slaloms Sunday and Monday at the Chevy Truck Aspen Winternational.

After the Copper and Aspen races, the World Cup continues with the first speed races of the Olympics season, two downhills and super G Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Canada's Lake Louise and a downhill and super G for men Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Beaver Creek.