Skiers Sign Petition to Move Olympic Super-G

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March 10, 2004

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP)--Germany's Hilde Gerg and other leading skiers have signed a petition to move the super giant slalom for next year's Turin Olympics to a more challenging course.

``All the top 15 have (signed) it,'' Gerg said on Thursday, referring to the World Cup super-G standings. ``Not the Italian girls because they say 'we can't do this because it's in our country. It's OK if you do it, but we don't want to sign it.'''

Lucia Recchia and Isolde Kostner are the only Italians ranked in the top 15 in super-G.

``I also wouldn't do it if it were in Germany,'' Gerg said.

Gerg wrote the petition herself. She began a campaign two weeks ago to have the race moved after a World Cup super-G on the planned course in San Sicario, Italy.

Most of the top speed skiers agree that the layout in San Sicario is too flat and easy for the Olympics, and should be moved to nearby Sestriere, where the men will race. Sestriere hosted last year's World Cup finals and the 1997 world championships.

Gerg said she plans to present the petition to the International Ski Federation (FIS) or the Turin organizing committee (TOROC) after the Easter holiday.

FIS and TOROC maintain that the super-G should remain in San Sicario, and say they are planning some landscape changes over the summer to make the course more challenging.

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