Schlopy Wins Europa Cup Giant Slalom In Italy

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POZZA di FASSA, Italy (Jan. 17) - Erik Schlopy (Park City, UT), a 1994Olympian who returned this season to the U.S. Ski Team and World Cupracing after four years away, captured a Europa Cup giant slalom Mondayagainst a World Cup-level field by more than six-tenths of a second. Itwas the second Europa Cup victory by a U.S. man this winter, following aslalom win in December by Sacha Gros (Vail, CO).

Schlopy - who grew up skiing in Stowe, Vt., but has lived in Park Cityfor most of the past decade - was timed in 1:44.96 for his two runswhile Frenchman Raphael Burtin finished in 1:45.65 and Ivan Bormolini ofItaly was third with a two-run time of 1:45.99. The next best Americanwas Thomas Vonn (Newburgh, NY), who finished 15th in 1:46.99.

Europa Cup GS and slalom races were moved from Adelboden, Switzerland.

EUROPA CUP MEN'S SLALOMPozza di Fazza, ITA - Jan. 171. Erik Schlopy, Park City, Utah, 1:44.962. Raphael Burtin, France. 1:45.653. Ivan Bormolini, Italy, 1:45.994. Rainer Schoenenfelder, Austria, 1:46.095. Christoph Gruber, Austria, 1:46.26 -15. Thomas Vonn, Newburgh, N.Y., 1:46.9926. Dane Spencer, Boise, Idaho, 1:47.6336. Andy Martin, Warner, N.H., 1:48.3345. Bode Miller, Franconia, N.H., 1:48.76