November 11, 2006
LEVI, FINLAND - (News Release) - Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) charged through the final slalom run with the fourth-fastest time Saturday, moving up to 10th place in the season-opening World Cup race.
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Marlies Schild led an Austrian podium sweep, posting the fastest time on each run to win in 1:45.66. Two weeks after rain and warm temperatures forced cancellation of the opening World Cup race, a giant slalom Oct. 28 in Soelden, Austria, the season got underway in northernmost Finland; temperatures were in the teens for both runs.
Stiegler, tied for 16th in the 64-gate first run, went through the second run in 53.11 for a total time of 1:47.96. Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO), 19th in the opening run, crashed as she started down the final pitch in her second run, while NorAm SL champion Sterling Grant (Amery, WI) failed to qualify for the second run.
"I saw a lot of good stuff out there and I'm pleased; we're on the right track and the girls know now there's no reason they can't be up there. Resi and Lindsey showed they've got the speed to be on a podium in slalom," said Head Coach Patrick Riml. "It was foggy in the first run, but with the lights on it didn't affect anyone's racing...
"Resi was a little passive on the first run - the first of the season, sometimes it's tough to get let it rip, but she was charging on that second run. Lindsey was leading the split when she came into the breakover and the steep part, and she went through the first few gates fine...but then she got thrown off and went out. But those two have got the speed and, like I said, they're ready to be on the podium in slalom; a top-10 for Resi is a really good start for the season. Sterling skied the pitch very well, and she'll approach things a little differently in Aspen" during the Sirius Satellite Radio Aspen Winternational Nov. 25-26, Riml said.
The men open their season Sunday in Levi, a town about 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Four U.S. men will race - Olympic alpine combined champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), former overall World Cup champion Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH), Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH) and Tom Rothrock (Cashmere, WA).
ALPINE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
Levi, Finland - Nov. 11, 2006
> 1. Marlies Schild, Austria, 1:45.66
> 2. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:46.46
> 3. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 1:46.83
> 4. Ana Jelusic, Croatia, 1:46.92
> 5. Susanne Riesch, Germany, 1:47.30
> 10. Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, WY, 1:47.96
DNF-2: Lindsey Kildow, Vail, CO
Did not qualify for 2nd run: Sterling Grant, Amery, WI
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