Kostner Wins, Gerety 6th in SG


Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Feb. 26, 2001--Two-time world super G champion Isolde Kostner earned her third victory of the winterSunday as she won a super G by .08 over reigning World Cup overall champion Renate Goetschl of Austria. Megan Gerety(Anchorage, AK) led all three U.S. skiers into the top 15, finishing sixth.

Kostner, whose two previous wins this season were in downhill, was timed in 1:36.61 with Goetschl - who skied three startslater - finishing in 1:36.69. France's Carole Montillet was third in 1:36.74.

Gerety was sixth with a 1:37.07 clocking and Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) - Saturday's downhill victor - earned a spot in WorldCup Finals by finishing seventh in the SG (1:37.38). Jonna Mendes (Heavenly, CA) was 13th in 1:37.92.

Downhill/SG Head Coach Jim Tracy said Gerety missed World Cup Finals next month in Are, Sweden, by five points and Mendesmissed by seven points. "There aren't any waivers - they go strictly by top-25 points," he said, adding that was why Olympic SGchampion Picabo Street (Park City, UT), who returned this season after two years on the sidelines with multiple leg injuries,didn't qualify in downhill. She was 26th, two points behind teammate Alison Powers (Winter Park, CO), whose season endedearly with a knee injury. "Everybody counts, so 'Powie' is 25th and Peek's 26th," according to Tracy.

In Sunday's race, the coach said the weather was similar to Saturday's when early skiers - Clark skied fifth - got sunshine andmost of the field went through flat light. "It was -18 C., about 1 degree F. this morning...the girls did a good job, but a couple ofsmall mistakes cost 'em. Megan got a little low in one turn at the bottom and that killed her speed for the finish, and Jonna had amistake at about the same place and it cost her, too...

"We're disappointed about missing SG Finals, but it's still been good. We made good progress," Tracy said.

Lenzerheide, SUI - Feb. 25

Women's Super G
1. Isolde Kostner, Italy, 1:36.61
2. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:36.69
3. Carole Montillet, France, 1:36.74
4. Petra Haltmayer, Germany, 1:36.76
5. Melanie Turgeon, Canada, 1:36.95
6. Megan Gerety, Anchorage, AK, 1:37.07
7. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME, 1:37.38

13. Jonna Mendes, Heavenly, CA, 1:37.92