ARE, Sweden (USST Press Release)—The U.S. Ski Team finished second to Austria in the inaugural World Cup team event Sunday as the 2006 season concluded at World Cup Finals.
The event, which made its debut a year ago at the 2005 World Championships, includes four runs of super G - two by men and two by women - followed by four runs of slalom, again, two by men and two by women. Points are based on placings (e.g., one point for first, two for second, etc.) in each run; Austria had 27 points to 30 for the Americans with Sweden third at 31 and Canada fourth (38).
The U.S. skiers: Men - Olympic combined champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) and Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA); Women - Olympic giant slalom gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY).
"This was a good, fun effort to finish things, said U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. "It's been a long season and it was good to see them keep their focus and gave it everything to the end. I was pleased when Ted came down at the end and clinched second. He made a little bobble at the top but he stayed in there and poured it on over the bottom to preserve second for us.
For the second year in a row, the U.S. Ski Team finished second - overall and in both the men's and women's points - in the Nations Cup rankings behind Austria, which has won ever since the 1989 season.
The TD Banknorth U.S. Alpine Championships are next for the U.S. skiers, running March 25-30 at Sugarloaf resort in Maine.