Park City, UT, Nov. 17, 2000--It was a classic case of hometown boy makes good plus some as U.S. Ski Team member Erik Schlopy of ParkCity led four Americans into the top-25 with a career-best fourth place GS finish Friday at the Chevy Truck America's Opening World Cupat Park City Mountain Resort.
Switzerland's Michael Von Gruenigen, seventh after the first run, stormed back in the second to take the win with a time of 2:32.92.Norwegian Lasse Kjus was second (2:33.47) and Austrian three-event skier Hermann Maier was third (2:33.50). Maier is two-for-two inpodium appearances as he was victorious in the season's opening World Cup in Soelden, Austria on Oct. 29.
After the opening run, Schlopy sat in a tie for 10th with Switzerland's Paul Accola as both posted a time of 1:16.48. Schlopy skied a1:17.15 on the second set for a combined time of 2:33.63. When he crossed the finish line, his combined time was good enough for firstplace with just nine racers left to hit the course.
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) followed Schlopy in a tie for 10th with Sweden's Fredrik Nyberg, each posting a time of 2:34.23. CaseyPuckett (Aspen, CO) was 22nd (2:34.95) and Dane Spencer (Boise, ID) was 25th (2:35.28).