Snowbasin, UT, Mar. 18, 2001--The women's Chevy Truck Super Series season came to an end Sunday with a downhill race on the 2002 Olympic course at Snowbasin.Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister won the race while Canadian Anna Prchal won theoverall series title.
The second of two downhills finally got underway Sunday after being postponedtwice. It was first moved from Friday to Saturday due to a forecasted winter stormand then moved from Saturday to Sunday because of fog and low clouds hanging oversections of the course.
Dorfmeister mastered the Wildflower course and laid down a winning time of 1:45.83.Swede Pernilla Wiberg finished just .06 behind with a time of 1:45.89 and '98Olympic super G champion Picabo Street (Park City, UT), who won Thursday's first downhill, was third in 1:46.19.
Dorfmeister, recently crowned the world downhill champion, finished second behind Street in Thursday's race.
"It (the course) was much better today than yesterday," said Dorfmeister, who also captured the Super Series downhill titlefor the season. "However, from everyone slipping it yesterday when it was soft, it was bumpier than yesterday. It's a fastdownhill and you need a lot of concentration from the start to the finish, especially when you can't see anything."
Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) finished in the top-10, taking fifth with a time of 1:46.51, while Julia Mancuso (Tahoe City,CA), last season's overall Super Series winner, finished 11th as the top junior.
Prchal picked up a check for $10,000 as the overall Super Series winner. Perhaps more importantly, she also won the overallNor Am Cup (which the Super Series is part of) title and earned a World Cup start spot for next season. Primarily a technicalskier, Prchal finished 28th in Sunday's race and did not start Thursday's downhill. She was on the podium in all four races(giant slalom, slalom) last week at a Super Series event at Snowbird, Utah.
"The downhill was kind of a first for me this trip," said Prchal, who hadn't competed in a downhill race in three seasons."The course is good, it's fun and fast. It's challenging for me. The four podiums at Snowbird were great and I'm really happyabout this check."
Street finished the season atop the Nor Am downhill standings. Prior to Snowbasin, she swept four Nor Am races, whichincluded a pair of downhills, at Whistler, British Columbia. Thursday's win on Wildflower was her fifth downhill victory ofthe Nor Am season.
Tatum Skoglund (Bellevue, WA) finished 15th Sunday, but ended up third in both the overall Super Series and Nor Amstandings.
A super G that was originally scheduled for Sunday was canceled and will not be made up.
The U.S. women left after the race for Big Mountain, Montana, where the Chevy Truck U.S. Alpine Championships will be heldMarch 22-28.
Chevy Truck Super Series Finals
March 18, 2001
1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1:45.83
2. Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden, 1:45.89
3. Picabo Street, Park City, Utah, 1:46.19
4. Daniela Ceccarelli, Italy, 1:46.42
5. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, 1:46.51
6. Anne Marie Lefrancois, Canada, 1:46.61
7. Lucia Recchia, Italy, 1:46.75
T8. Martina Ertl, Germany, 1:46.76
T8. Brigitte Obermoser, Austria, 1:46.76
10. Ingeborg Helen Marken, Norway, 1:46.97
Final Overall Super Series Standings
1. Anna Prchal, Canada, 218
2. Sara-Maude Boucher, Canada, 185
3. Tatum Skoglund, Bellevue, Wash., 141
4. Britt Janyk, Canada, 135
5. Sarah Schleper, Vail, Colo., 133
6. Lauren Ross, Stowe, Vermont, 111
7. Jessica Kelley, Starksboro, Vermont, 106
8. Lindsey C. Kildow, Vail, Colo., 103
9. Genevieve Simard, Canada, 95
10. Julie Langevin, Canada, 88
Final Overall Nor Am Standings
1. Anna Prchal, Canada
2. Sara-Maude Boucher, Canada
3. Tatum Skoglund, Bellevue, Wash.