Bergamelli, Kostelic take slaloms


GEORGETOWN, CO (USST report) - Tom Rothrock (Cashmere, WA) struggled through his second run - "I never found the rhythm; I had a lot of bobbles," he said - but he still held on Sunday for his second Nature Valley Alpine Cup slalom podium in two days. Giancarlo Bergamelli of Italy won with teammate Giorgio Rocca second in the blockbuster field of 113 racers.

In a race where 49 skiers failed to finish the first run, Rothrock took the first-run lead but couldn't hold off the Italians. Bergamelli's winning time was 1:40.92 with Rocca finishing .03 ahead of Rothrock in 1:41.55.

Erik Schlopy (Park City, UT) was 10th with Jake Zamansky (Carbondale, CO) 11th, Bryon Friedman (also Park City) 13th and Brad Hogan (Holmes, NY) 14th.

"I definitely had my moments this weekend," said Rothrock, who was second Saturday in the opening Chevy Truck Super Series race. "The first run both days was great. I'm happy.

"From now on, I just need to put together better second runs and move up. I'd like to win one of these days, but I'm right there."

The leader at the mid-run interval, Rothrock said, "The course wasn't my style. I could never really get into a rhythm. There were a lot of combinations on the second run that don't fit the way I like to ski slalom … I like more of a rhythm."

Schlopy, looking to rebound from mononucleosis and bronchitis that slowed him a year ago, said he was pleased with where he is on his new skis (Dynastar) after a preseason of adjustments - "and now I just need some miles, need to get more time skiing on them."

Martin Andersen, U.S. slalom and GS head coach, echoed Rothrock and Schlopy. "The guys are skiing fast. Two podiums for Tom are great, for sure, and Erik's getting ther, and Chip Knight is skiing better than he showed here." He also pointed to solid skiing in the two Nature Valley SLs by Jake Zamansky (Carbondale, CO) and Bryon Friedman (Park City, UT).

Andersen said he and Head Coach Phil McNichol would review the weekend's results and name slalom starters for the Chevy Truck America's Opening slalom Nov. 24 in Park City, UT, Monday or Tuesday. The World Cup moves into its continuous-racing stage with the traditional America's Opening men's and women's GS and slalom, starting Thursday.

Nature Valley Alpine Cup
Loveland Basin Ski Area
Georgetown, CO - Nov. 17
Men's Slalom-2
1. Giancarlo Bergamelli, Italy, 1 minute, 40.92 seconds
2. Giorgio Rocca, Italy, 1:41.55
3. Tom Rothrock, Cashmere, WA, 1:41.58
4. Martin Hansson, Sweden, 1:42.04
5. Martin Marinac, Austria, 1:42.49

Other Americans in the top 20
10. Erik Schlopy, Park City, UT, 1:43.02
11. Jake Zamansky, Carbondale, CO, 1:43.18
13. Bryon Friedman, Park City, UT, 1:43.66
14. Brad Hogan, Holmes, NY, 1:44.12
16. Jesse Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:44.25
18. Teddy Berglund, Steamboat Springs, CO, 1:44.70
19. Casey Puckett, Aspen, CO, 1:44.78
20. Greg Hardy, Wardsboro, VT, 1:45.24

Kostelic wins Winter Park slalom

WINTER PARK, CO (Nov. 17) - Janica Kostelic of Croatia led three Olympic medalists onto the podium Sunday, taking charge on the first run to a Chevy Truck Super Series slalom at sunny Winter Park Resort. Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) had the top U.S. result, finishing seventh.

Kostelic, who took Olympic gold in SL, GS and combined (plus the silver in super G) had a two-run time of 1:31.35. Martina Ertl of Germany, the defending World Championships gold medalist in combined - and 2002 Olympic combined bronze medalist, was second (1:31.70). Laure Pequegnot of France, the defending World Cup slalom champ and Olympic slalom silver medalist behind Kostelic, took third, another .6 back.

Schleper, 14th in the first run, finished seventh in 1:33.39. Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN) in 15th and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), 16th, were the only other U.S. racers in the top 20 of the world-class 99-racer field.

The women race another slalom Monday at Winnter Park.

Winter Park, Colo. - Nov. 17
Women's Slalom
1. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1 minute, 31.35 seconds
2. Martina Ertl, Germany, 1:31.70
3. Laure Pequegnot, France, 1:32.30
4. Christel Pascal, France, 1:32.59
5. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:32.70
Americans in the top 25:
7. Sarah Schleper, Vail, Colo., 1:33.39
15. Kaylin Richardson, Edina, Minn., 1:34.37
16. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1:34.40
24. Jessica Kelley, Starksboro, VT, 1:36.16
25. Jamie Kingsbury, Moretown, VT, 1:36.57