Nef Wins Fourth Straight GS

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Cortina, Italy, Jan. 21, 2001--Swiss racer Sonja Nef collected her fourth straight World Cup giant slalom win Sunday while Kristina Koznick(Burnsville, MN) had the top U.S. result in 21st place.

Nef's two-run time was 2:37.56 with Allison Forsyth of Canada runner-up in Cortina for the second year in a row; her time was 2:38.04.

Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister finished third (2:38.41) with Italy's Karen Putzer fourth (2:38.56) and Lillian Kummer, another Swiss skier,posting the fastest second run as she jumped from 27th place to fifth (2:38.84).

Koznick's time was 2:40.16 with Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) 23rd in 2:40.42 and Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) 25th with a2:40.48 clocking. Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) and Julia Mancuso (Tahoe City, CA) failed to qualify for a second run.

"Sarah skied well but she just skied too conservatively and I'm not too happy with that. She just needed to let 'em go and not think about it,"U.S. SL/GS Coach Georg Capaul said. "And 'Liner' Lalive started 43rd and these were her first points this season in GS, so we'll see thatimprove. She's skiing with great confidence now as we head into the World Championships Jan. 29-Feb. 10 in St. Anton, Austria.

Capaul still was smiling about 16-year-old Mancuso's first World Cup points Saturday when she finished 27th in a super G. "To have thatresult on this course - Cortina's tough - in your first super G is huge. She had a mistake at the bottom or I'm sure she would've beentop-20. And Julia was on a mission today, too, but she made a couple of mistakes that took her out of the second run...but that'll come.She's found that attacking mode she had last season but didn't have at the start of this season. She really went for it both days - nointimidation - and that's what we want, even from the young ones."

"I'm excited," Mancuso said. "I made some tactical errors today, but I went for it. I was way more confident because of yesterday. I'mpleased that Saturday I didn't have my best race and I still could be top-30. It was my first time in World Cup SG and I didn't think aboutit...just skied."

CAFE de COLOMBIA WORLD CUP

Cortina, ITA - Jan. 21 Women's GS

1. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 2:37.56
2, Allison Forsyth, Canada, 2:38.04
3. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 2:38.41
4. Karen Putzer, Italy, 2:38.56
5. Lillian Kummer, Switzerland, 2:38.84

21. Kristina Koznick, Burnsville, MN, 2:40.16
23. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, CO, 2:40.42
25. Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 2:40.48

Did not qualify for 2nd run: Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME, and Julia Mancuso, Tahoe City, CA.

Cafe de Colombia World Cup

Women's Overall (25 races)

1. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 965 points 2. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 956 3. Regine Cavagnoud, France, 890 4. Dorfmeister, 821 5. Nef, 760 6. Isolde Kostner, Italy, 635 7. Martina Ertl, Germany, 634 8. Brigitte Obermoser, Austria, 561 9. Corinne rey-Bellet, Switzerland, 508 10. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 481 19. Lalive, 264 20. Koznick, 261 25. Schleper, 248 33. Jonna Mendes, Heavenly, CA, 161 36. Megan Gerety, Anchorage, AK, 144 45. Clark, 117 61. Alison Powers, Winter Park, CO, 61 94. Picabo Street, Park City, UT, 23 116. Mancuso, 4