Four U.S. Women in World Cup Top 20

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St. Moritz, Switzerland, Dec. 17, 2000--Renate Goetschl of Austria, making a renewed bid to defend her World Cup overall title, won adownhill Sunday in St. Moritz and Jonna Mendes led four U.S. skiers into the top 17 finishers.

Goetschl - who was second Saturday behind teammate Brigitte Obermoser in the first downhill of the weekend - won in 1:36.49. IsoldeKostner of Italy - who had accused Goetschl of possibly doing something illegal at Lake Louise when the Austrian allegedly removed apad from one of her boots after the first downhill of the season - was second, a tenth back. Regine Cavagnoud of France was third in1:37.13. Obermoser was fourth with Carole Montillet of France fifth.

Mendes, showing more consistency as she enjoys the best season of her young career, was 11th with a time of 1:38.01. Kirsten Clark(Raymond, ME) was 13th in 1:38.09 with veteran Megan Gerety and youngster Alison Powers (Winter Park, CO) tied for 17th in 1:38.30.Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 39th and Picabo Street (Park City, UT) 46th in her second downhill after being sidelinedfor 33 months with leg injuries.

U.S. Head Coach Marjan Cernigoj: "The girls skied well again in the technical sections in the middle of the race. We had some partlycloudy skies, the sun was in and out again, but the conditions were very fair from the first racer to the last...

"Jonna's been doing a great job," he continued, praising her tightly focused approach to being ready to go from the start of each race."She's so professional now. When Race Day comes, it's fun to watch. She's very focused." Clark, mouse-trapped Saturday with an earlystart number on a day when late-race sunshine helped back-of-the-pack racer, started No. 17 and was one of the racers who did anoutstanding job in the technical sections. "'Clarky' made up time in the middle," he said.

The women's schedule moves back to Sestriere, Italy, for two races picked up from snowless Jasna, Slovakia, a giant slalom Tuesdayand a slalom Wednesday.

CAFE de COLOMBIA WORLD CUP St. Moritz, SUI - Dec. 17

Women's DH-2

1. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:36.49
2. Isolde Kostner, Italy, 1:36.59
3. Regine Cavagnoud, France, 1:37.13
4. Brigitte Obermoser, Austria, 1:37.27
5. Carole Montillet, France, 1:37.32
6. Tanja Schneider, Austria, 1:37.55
7. Corinne Rey-Bellet, Switzerland, 1:37.61
8. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1:37.67
9. Melanie Turgeon, Canada, 1:37.68
10. Ingeborg Helen Marken, Norway, 1:37.97
11. Jonna Mendes, Heavenly, Calif., 1:38.01
12. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 1:38.03
13. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, 1:38.09
14. Selina Geregger, Austria, 1:38.16
15. Petra Haltmayer, Germany, 1:38.18
16. Bibiana Perez, Italy, 1:38.28
17. (tie) Alison Powers (Winter Park, Colo.) and Megan Gerety (anchorage, AK), 1:38.30 each
19. Catherine Borghi, Switzerland, 1:38.34
20. Patrizia Bassis, Iatly, 1:38.39
21. Sibylle Brauner, Germany, and Mojca Suhadolc, Slovenia, 1:38.40 each
23. Sylviane Berthod, Switzerland, 1:38.43
24. Merete Fjeldavlie, Norway, 1:38.45
25. Stefanie Schuster, Austria, 1:38.47
26. Emily Brydon, Canada, 1:38.52
27. Ruth Kuendig, Switzerland, 1:38.57
28. Marta Antonioli, Italy, 1:38.58
29. Corinne Imlig, Switzerland, 1:38.59
30. Daniela Ceccarelli, Italy, 1:38.64
- 46. Picabo Street, Park City, Utah, 1:39.56
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Cafe de Colombia World Cup

Women's Overall (13 races)

1. Martina Ertl, Germany, 560 points
2. Cavagnoud, 509
3. Dorfmeister, 478
4. Goetschl, 439
5. Kostner, 410
6. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 393
7. Obermoser, 381
8. Rey-Bellet, 320
9. Montillet, 301
10. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 290
11. Haltmayer, 233
12. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 232
13. Schneider, 191
14. Suhadolc, 185
15. Brydon, 161
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19. Mendes, 142
20. Kristina Koznick,, Burnsville, Minn., 135
26. Sarah Schleper, Vail, Collo., 126
32. Clarky, 90
45. Gerety, 56
48. Lalive, 49
50. Powers, 46
94. Street, 7
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Women's Downhill (4 races)

1. Kostner, 296
2. Goetschl, 253
3. Obermoser, 211
4. (tie) Montillet and Cavagnoud, 170 each
6. Haltmayer, 137
7. Schneider, 126
8. Rey-Bellet, 116
9. Mendes, 106
10. (tie) Brydon and Dorfmeister, 100 each
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15. Clark, 67
19. Gerety, 56
20. Powers, 46
30. Lalive, 20
42. Street, 7