Goetschl Takes World Cup Super G


INNSBRUCK, Austria Feb. 28, 2003 (AP)–Austria’s Renate Goetschl won a World Cup Super G race Friday for her 26th career victory and moved within 39 points of runner-up Carole Montillet in the discipline’s standings.

Goetschl covered the Patscherkofel course in 1 minute, 26.18 seconds, edging Montillet by 0.03 seconds. Austria’s Alexandra Meissnitzer was third, 0.36 seconds back.

The 27-year-old Goetschl moved into sixth place in career victories. Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria leads with 62 wins. Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider is second with 55.

“I’m very happy that I was a split second faster. It was a tough race, but it was important to have finished ahead of Carole,” Goetschl said.

Montillet, the Olympic champion in the downhill at Salt Lake City, leads the Super G standings with 387 points. Goetschl, the 1999 world champion in the Super G, moved into second place with 348.

Montillet shrugged off the loss.

“Missing out on a win by a split second is always somewhat annoying, but I am not angry at myself,” Montillet said. “I raced well and it’s a good result and I have two more chances to fight back tomorrow and on Sunday.”

A downhill is scheduled in Innsbruck on Saturday, and another Super G will be run Sunday.

Goetschl is trying to repeat her success from the 2000 season, when she won a Super G and downhill and placed second in another Super G in a three-race event at Innsbruck.

“If I can repeat only half of it, I would be very happy,” she said.

Croatia’s Janica Kostelic finished 15th in 1:27.29 and maintained her lead in the World Cup overall standings 1,358 points after 25 races.

Italy’s Karen Putzer is second with 806, and Sweden’s Anja Paerson is third with 768.

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