Hilde Gerg Locks Up Super-G Title


Lenzerheide, Switzerland (AP)--Germany's Hilde Gerg clinched her second World Cup Super G title when Sunday's scheduled race was canceled due to bad weather.

Gerg, who won two of four Super G races this season, leads the discipline standings with 295 points, with one race remaining at next week's World Cup finals in Altenmarkt, Austria.

Austria's Renate Goetschl, who trails Gerg by 85 points, is out for the rest of the season following a high-speed crash in Saturday's downhill in which she broke her left leg, tore tendons and injured her left elbow. Doctors expect her to be out of action for six months.

Six skiers mathematically can still overtake Goetschl for second place, including Italy's Karen Putzer, who took Olympic bronze in the event behind champion Daniela Ceccarelli and runnerup Janica Kostelic of Croatia. Putzer sits just 34 points behind Goetschl.

Others include Austrians Michaela Dorfmeister and Alexandra Meissnitzer; Ceccarelli; and American Caroline Lalive.

Gerg, who won the title in 1997, secured the crown once again when race organizers were forced to scrap Sunday's race after a foot of snow fell overnight, leaving them unable to clear the FIS Scalottas course in time for the start.

Gerg won Super G races in Val d'Isere, France, and in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, this season, and finished fourth and fifth in the two others.

The title helped make up for a frustrating Olympics for Gerg, who placed fifth in the Super G and fourth in the downhill after winning two World Cup downhills this season.

Gerg has excelled in both the speed and technical disciplines throughout her career.

In 1998, she won the Olympic slalom title.

But after breaking her leg in a training accident two years ago, the German switched her focus to the speed events.

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