Gerg wins Aspen SG, Clark 4th

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ASPEN, CO (USST report) - Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) led a drive by U.S. women togive DH/SG Head Coach Jim Tracy a happy 50th birthday Friday, finishing fourthand leading four teammates into the top 30 in the first World Cup super G of theseason. Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) collected her first points, finishing 29thbehind Hilde Gerg of Germany, the defending World Cup champ who won the 16thWorld Cup of her career.

ESPN will broadcast coverage of the Chevy Truck Aspen Winternational raceWednesday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. EST.

In the first flip-30 SG in which the top skiers in World Cup points race inreverse-30 format for the one-run event, Gerg overtook Olympic silver medalistJanica Kostelic of Croatia by six-hundredths of a second to win in 1:17.89.Isolde Kostner of Italy was third in the field of 58, another .05 back in1:18.00 and Clark was fourth with a time of 1:18.06.

Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO), who came too low on a big sweeping turnnear the finish, lost time at the bottom but still finished ninth with JonnaMendes (Heavenly, CA) 10th, Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) 17th, and Ludlow29th.

"We came to win ski races. We want podiums - and Clarky was six-hundredths out.I'll take it," Tracy said, calling Ruthie's Run the toughest, most technicalsuper G on the women's tour. "We're not going for 15th or 16th place, oranything like that. We're going to win races.

"We came to win ski races. We want podiums - and Clarky was six-hundredths out.I'll take it," Tracy said, calling Ruthie's Run the toughest, most technicalsuper G on the women's tour. "We're not going for 15th or 16th place, oranything like that. We're going to win races.