USA's Kirsten Clark Leads DH Training in Canada

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Lake Louise, Alberta Nov. 27, 2001 (USSA)--Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) led thesecond run of official downhill training Tuesday at Lake Louise Ski Areaas the women's World Cup tour got set for the first speed events of theseason. Picabo Street (Park City, UT) was 12th and tied for 10th in thetwo training runs.

Organizers staged two runs of downhill and scheduled another forWednesday morning before the season's first downhill Thursday. The womenalso face a second DH Friday and a super G Saturday before returning toEurope.

Recent storms and a drop in the temperature -- it was in the low 20sTuesday at the ski area -- have helped solidify the race course for thethree races this week.

"It was a good first day of training. Everyone made improvements on thatsecond run and the intensity was good," said U.S. DH/SG Head Coach JimTracy.

Clark, who was 20th in the first run, had the fastest second run time,1:38.73. Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) had the second-fastesttime (1:38.85) but missed a gate. Street's time was 1:39.83 with JonnaMendes (Heavenly, CA), who has had some of her best races at LakeLouise, 15th in the second run. Katie Monahan (Aspen, CO), coming backafter two years rehabilitating knee injuries, was 27th and then 29th.

"I cleaned up some things from the morning on that second run," Clarksaid. "There's still one corner that gets me, but I'm working on it."

Tracy said eight women would start Thursday for the U.S. Ski Team.Clark, Street, Mendes, Monahan, and Lalive will be joined by JuliaMancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Lindsey C. Kildow (Vail, CO). The finalberth is still to be determined between Tatum Skoglund and Libby Ludlow,two Crystal Mountain skiers from Bellevue, Wash.

For more information about the U.S. Ski Team, log on to www.usskiteam.com