Austrian Juniors Dominate World Junior Alpine Champs

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Verbier, Switzerland, Feb. 8, 2001--The schedule switched from speed events to men's giant slalom Thursday at the World Junior AlpineChampionships, but the result was pretty much the same: Austrians took the top two spots and four of the first five places. Josh Whitham (TahoeCity, CA/Squaw Valley Ski Team) was 11th, leading all five U.S. juniors into the top 25.

Hannes Reiter won the GS in 2:08.79 with teammate Johann Grugger taking the silver medal in 2:08.86. Italy's Peter Fill was third in 2:08.92.

Whitham had a two-run time of 2:10.18 with Jake Zamansky (Carbondale, CO/Aspen Ski Club) in 15th place at 2:10.87. David Lamb (SteamboatSprings, CO; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) finished 21st in 2:11.44 with TJ Lanning (Park City, UT; Park City Ski Team) 23rd in 2:11.64,and Gordon Gray (New York City/Green Mountain Valley School) was 25th in 2:11.02.

The men complete their schedule Friday with slalom and the women compete in GS and slalom on the weekend. Combined medals also will beawarded.

2001 WORLD JUNIOR ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIP

Verbier, SUI - Feb. 8

Men's Giant Slalom
1. Hannes Reiter, Austria, 2:08.79
2. Johan Grugger, Austria, 2:08.86
3. Peter Fill, Italy, 2:08.92
4. Patrick Bechter, Austria, 2:08.98
5. Thomas Graggaber, Austria, 2:09.30
11. Josh Whitham, Tahoe City, CA/Squaw Valley Ski Team, 2:10.19
15. Jake Zamansky, Carbondale, CO/Aspen Ski Club, 2:10.87
21. David Lamb, Steamboat Springs, CO/Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, 2:11.44
23. TJ Lanning, Park City, UT/Park City Ski Team, 2:11.64
25. Gordon Gray, New York City/Green Mountain Valley School, 2:12.02