Nef Wins, Koznick 20th in Sestriere


Sestriere, Italy, Dec. 19, 2000–Swiss racer Sonja Nef earned the sixth win of her career and the second this season Tuesday with a solid second run in a giant slalom moved from Slovakia because of no snow. Kristina Koznick (Burnsville, MN), the only U.S. skier to qualify for a second run, finished 20th.

Nef, who won the second GS of the season a month ago at the Chevy Truck America’s Opening in Park City, Utah, had been second behindAnja Paerson of Sweden in the first run. Her winning time was 2:21.67 with Paerson, dropping a .27 lead after the morning run,settling for second in 2:21.91. Third place went to Renate Goetschl of Austria, who finished in 2:22.02.

Completing the top five: World Cup leader Martina Ertl of Germany in fourth (2:22.20) and Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria in fifth(2:22.21).

Koznick, 13th in the first run, was 20th with a time of 2;24.22. Fastest second run went to Britt Janyk of Canada, who jumped 20spots to eighth place.

The race was the first of two moved from Jasna, Slovakia, because of no snow. The women will complete their pre-Christmas scheduleWednesday with a slalom.

Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) was 32nd on the first run, followed by Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) in 41st place (1:13.81) and CarolineLalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) 54th in the field of 69 (1:15.24).