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Dorfmeister Takes Sestriere GS


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Sestriere, Italy, Dec. 9, 2000–Defending World Cup giant slalom champion Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria took a first-run lead Saturdayand went on to win her first GS of the new season by nearly a second in a race shifted because of poor snow. Kristina Koznick(Burnsville, MN) had the best U.S. result, finishing 20th with Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) 27th.

It was the second victory of the season for Dorfmeister, who won the opening super G Nov. 24 at the Chevy Truck Aspen Winternationalin Colorado. Saturday, she won her ninth race (fifth in GS) in a two-run time of 2:19.88 with Anja Paerson of Sweden second in 2:20.71.Third place went to Swiss racer Sonja Nef in 2:20.75 and Martina Ertl of Germany preserved her World Cup lead by finishing fourth.

Koznick, 16th in the first run, slid during the second run to finish 20th with a time of 2:23.50. Schleper grabbed the 30th – the last -qualifying spot in the morning run, then jumped up three spots in her second run to finish 27th in 2:24.26.

U.S. GS/SL Head Coach Georg Capaul said he wanted to review videos to accurately determine where the women lost time but itappeared they skied so-so on the flats at the top of the course before picking up speed through the middle and lower portion of thecourse. Schleper, for instance, had the sixth-fastest bottom half of the second run.

“Sarah was too conservative on her first run, but she just made it in there, then opened up during the bottom portion of the second run,”he said.

While Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) was a near-miss 32nd in the qualifying run, Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) was fartherback. However, he noted, after having ankle surgery in May and not getting on skis until August, Lalive is rounding into racing form.

“I’m sure – I know it – she’ll have a great second half. ‘Liner’ Lalive finished well last year, then lost the string when she had toundergo surgery in the spring,” Capaul explained. “She’s probably got only 60 percent of the volume of the other skiers, maybe 35-40days on snow…and then cut that up over skiing four events and it’s eight at nine days on each event, so she’s still a little behind. Butshe’s getting ‘there’ pretty quickly, now that she’s skiing every day.”

The women race a slalom Sunday in Sestriere; rookie Lindsey C. Kildow (Vail, CO) and Tasha Nelson (Mound, MN) will join Koznick,Schleper and Lalive Sunday in the slalom before the women’s schedule returns to downhill racing with back-to-back DHs Dec. 16-17 inSt. Moritz, Switzerland.


Women’s GS

1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 2:19.88
2. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 2:20.71
3. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 2:20.75
4. Martina Ertl, Germany, 2:22.05
5. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 2:22.12
6. Allison Forsyth, Canada, 2:22.36
7. Brigitte Obermoser, Austria, 2:22.43
8. Maria Jose Rienda Contreras, Spain, 2:22.52
9. Corinne Rey Bellet, Switzerland, 2:22.67
10. Christiane Mitterwallner, Austria, 2:22.74
11. Karen Putzer, Italy, 2:22.80
12. Silke Bachman, Italy, 2:22.85
13. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 2:22.94
14. Trine Bakke, Norway, 2:22.98
15. Silvia Berger, Austria, 2:23.02
16. Regine Cavagnoud, France, 2:23.06
17. Stina Hofgard Nilsen, Norway, 2:23.29
18. Lilian Kummer, Switzerland, 2:23.35
19. Ylva Nowen, Sweden, 2:23.37
20. Kristina Koznick Burnsville, Minn., 2:23.50
21. Anna Ottosson, Sweden, 2:23.52
22. Isolde Kostner, Italy, 2:23.64
23. Christel Saioni, France, 2:23.79
24. Melanie Suchet, France, 2:24.00
25. Tina maze, Slovenia, 2:24.18
26. Carolina Ruiz-Catillo, Spain, 2:24.21
27. Sarah Schleper, Vail, Colo., 2:24.26
28. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 2:25.27
29. Eveline Rohregger, Austria, 2:34.39

DNQ: Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, and Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
— Cafe de Colombia World Cup

Women’s Overall (10 races)

1. Ertl, 510 pooints
2. Cavagnoud, 439
3. Dorfmeister, 396
4. Kostner, 294
5. Kostelic, 293
6. Rey Bellet, 276
7. Goetschl, 259
8. Paerson, 245
9. Obermoser, 231
10. Carole Montillet, France, 227
11. Nef, 226
12. Petra Haltmayer, Germany, 205
13. Mojca suhadolc, Slovenia, 171
14. Putzer, 151
15. Saioni, 143

16. Koznick, 111
20. Jonna mendes, Heavenly, Calif., 102
33. Clark, 70
46. Megan Gerety, Anchorage, Alaska, 40
55. Schleper, 26
70. Lalive, 15

Women’s GS (3 Races)

1. Paerson, 200
2. (tie) Ertl and Dorfmeiaster, 186 each
4. Nef, 176
5. Oberoser, 161
6. Andrine Flemmen, Norway, 109
7. Putzer, 93
8.Cavagnoud, 79
9. Kostelic, 77
10. Nowen, 67

24. Koznick, 29
42. Clark, 5
43. Schleper, 4