Six U.S. Women to Start at Copper Mountain World Cup

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Copper Mountain, Colo. Nov. 19, 2001 (USSA)--U.S. Ski Team newcomer Lauren Ross(Stowe, VT) will get her first World Cup start Thursday in a slalom atCopper Mountain, Coach Marjan Cernigoj said Monday night. Six U.S. womenwill compete in GS and six in slalom at the Chevy Truck Women's WorldChallenge at Copper Mountain, he said.

ESPN will broadcast coverage of the races at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.EST Sunday, Nov. 25.

"Lauren has skied well in training and she looked good in the NatureValley Alpine Cup slaloms at Loveland over the weekend," the coachsaid. "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 2000Eastern Cup (development series) and No. 2 in Nor Am slalom standings ayear ago.

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

Giant slalom (Wednesday) -- Kristina Koznick (Burnsville, MN), SarahSchleper (Vail, CO), Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO), KirstenClark (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 ofsnow and prolonged warm temperatures, which have hindered snowmakingefforts. The men's World Cup tour will go ahead with a GS Saturday andslaloms Sunday and Monday at the Chevy Truck Aspen Winternational.

After the Copper and Aspen races, the World Cup continues with thefirst 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 menNov. 30-Dec. 2 at Beaver Creek.

For more information on the U.S. Ski Team, check out their website at http://www.usskiteam.com