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Cavagnoud Win's Downhill for France


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Jan. 22, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy–Frenchwoman Regine Cavagnoud, whoended a nine-year victory drought in her World Cup career a year ago inCortina, repeated Saturday as the downhill winner, hammering the course and leading the opposition by nearly a full second. U.S. skiers KirstneClark (Raymond, ME) and Jonna Mendes (Heavenly, CA) were 19th and 21st,respectively.

Race coverage will be tonight at 7 p.m. EST on Outdoor Life Network. TheDH was held after being postponed from Friday because of high winds;officials said a decision was expected in a day or two on reschedulingthe SG.

Cavagnoud, who never had won in nine seasons on the World Cup tour untilsweeping the DH and super G at Cortina last January, was timed in1:34.01. Austrian Tanja Schneider was runnerup in 1:34.94. MojcaSuhadolc of Slovenia took third (1:34.97) while Italian favorite IsoldeKostner – who was second behind Cavagnoud in ’99 after hanging-up threeDH victories and a super G triumph in Cortina – was 13th.

World Cup leader Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria saw teammate RenateGoetschl cut into her lead as Dorfmeister was a DNF. After 22 races, shehas 725 points to 702 for Goetschl. Cavagnoud is third with 579,including a GS victory in November at Copper Mountain, Colo.

There were only two U.S. racers in the sparse field of 38: Clark had atime of 1:36.22 and Mendes finished in 1:36.50.

“We’re looking for top 20s to be a good result,” said Head Coach MarjanCernigoj, “so this was okay, but we missed an opportunity here. Thefirst 15 skiers definitely had an advantage – and Kirsten went 10th andJonna eighth – because clouds covered the skies for the later skiers,and that made visibility tougher. Suddenly, the time on the top part ofthe course were getting slower.

“Yes, we got some points and they’re both into the top 30 in downhill,but we didn’t use the conditions to our advantage,” he said. “A coupleof hundredths and Kirsten could have been into 14th place; we’re stillconsistently short one or two tenths to be where I think we should be.We’re skiing solidly and getting better, though, so that’s good.”

The women race giant slalom Sunday in Cortina before heading toZwiesel, Germany, for GS/SL races on Super Bowl Weekend..

Cafe de Colombia Alpien World Cup (Cortina, ITA – Jan. 22)

Women’s DH

1. Regine Cavagnoud, France, 1:34.01
2. Tanja Schneider, 1:34.94
3. Mojca Suhadolc, Slovenia, 1:34.97
4. Lucia Recchia, Italy, 1:35.04
5. Carole Montillet, France, 1:35.17
6. Melanie Suchet, France, 1:35.26
7. Regina Haeusl, Germany, 1:35.32
8. Spela Bracun, Slovenia, 1:35.42
9. Sybille Brauner, Germany, 1:35.51
10. Corinna Rey-Bellet, Switzerland, 1:35.58
11. (tie) Ingeborg Helen Marken, Norway, and Patrizia Bassis, Italy,1:35.64 each
13. Isolde Kostner, Italy, 1:35.66
14. Brigitte Obermoser, Austria, 1:35.69
15. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:36.04
16. Bibiana Perez, Italy, 1:36.13
17. Martina Ertl, Germany, 1:36.19
18. Warwara Zelenskaja, Russia, 1:36.21
19. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, 1:36.22
20. Stefanie Schuster, Austria, 1:36.43
21. Jonna Mendes, Heavenly, Calif., 1:36.50
22. Melanie Turgeon, Canada, 1:36.57
23. Alessandra Merlin, Italy, 1:36.67
24. Monika Tschirky, Switzerland, 1:36.83
25. Ingrid Jacquemod, France, 1:37.27
26. Marianna Salchinger, Austria, 1:37.37
27. (tie) Daniela Ceccarelli, Italy, and Pia Kaeyhoke, Finland, 1:37.76each
29. Janette Hargin, Sweden, 1:37.79
30. Ruth Kuendig, Switzerland, 1:37.81

Cafe de Colombia Alpine World Cup

Women’s Overall (22 races)

1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 725 points
2. Goetschl, 702
3. Cavagnoud, 579
4. Kostner, 525
5. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 476
6. Schneider, 430
7. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 420
8. Ertl, 411
9. Anita Wachter, Austria, 400
10. Trine Bakke, Norway, 390
11. Spela Pretnar, Slovenia, 389
12. Suhadolc, 379
13. Hilde Gerg, Germany, 376
14. Karen Putzer, Italy, 3744
15. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 372

43. Kirstina Koznick, Burnsville, Minn., 138
45. Sarah Schleper, Vail, Colo., 130
64. Mendes, 56
69. Clark, 49
70. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 43
103. Tasha Nelson, Mound, Minn., 6

Women’s DH (5 races)

1. Kostner, 268
2. Haeusl, 228
3. Rey-Bellet, 222
4. Schneider, 210
5. Cavagnoud, 205
6. Gerg, 166
7. Goetschl, 164
8. Ertl, 149
9. (tie) Brauner and Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden, 128 each

24. Mendes, 55
30. Clark, 30
49. Lalive, 2