MONT GENEVRE, France (March 7 News Release) — Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY/Park City Ski Team/U.S. B Team) took bronze in slalom Friday for her first World Junior Championships podium of her career and the fourth medal for the U.S. Team at the 2003 World Junior Championships. Jeremy Transue (Hunter, NY; Green Mountain Valley School/U.S. Development Team) lead three men in the top 15 with a fifth place finish.
Michaela Kirchgasser (Austria) won the women's slalom with 1:38.53 and Croatia's Ana Jelusic was out by 0.29 was second.
"Resi did an awesome job today and put together a great performance, said Patrick Riml, women's coach. "Her first run was awesome on top and she finished fourth. In the second run, she made a couple mistakes but fought it the whole way and made it on the podium.
"You have to do your job here. Many of the girls here are already ranked on the World Cup and it's a big competition. Resi did her job and the women are having a great World Juniors, four medals and we're kicking everyone's butt.
While this is Stiegler's first World Junior Championships, she recently gained experience at the Alpine World Championships last month in St. Moritz, SUI, also her first Worlds. She finished tenth in the combined and 19th in the slalom.
The women's World Junior team has won four medals with a super G gold and downhill bronze for Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA/Squaw Valley Ski Team/U.S. B Team), a downhill silver for Lindsey C. Kildow (Vail, CO/Ski Club Vail/U.S. B Team) and Stiegler's bronze.
POSITIVE DAY FOR THE MEN
The best day so far for the U.S. men who had three in the top 15 a town over at Serre Chevalier where the giant slalom was held. Transue's fifth was the strongest men's finish this week with teammates Greg Hardy (Stratton Mountain, VT/Stratton Mountain School/U.S. Development Team) in 10th and Jeff Harrison (Steilacom, WA/White Pass Ski Team/U.S. Development Team) in 12th.
Daniel Albrecht (Switzerland) and Mario Scheiber (Austria) tied in the men's giant slalom with 2:02.72 for gold. Philipp Schoerghofer (Austria) was 0.02 behind for bronze.
Jeremy had a really good second run, said Todd Travis, men's coach. "He was the second fastest in the second run where he made up some ground just missing the podium by a couple hundredths. We know he could be fast and he did just that. He went after it and hammered it.
"The conditions held out under the sun. The snow was pretty hard for the first run and started to get a little soft with the sun beating on it for the second run but it held up. The organizers are doing a great job.
World Juniors conclude Saturday with the women running giant slalom and men slalom. The combined also will be awarded on Saturday and includes DH, GS and SL results. Stiegler and Kildow are currently in second and fourth, respectively.
2003 FIS ALPINE WORLD JUNIOR SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
Serre Chevalier, FRA — Mar. 7
Men's Giant Slalom
1T. Daniel Albrecht, Switzerland, 2:02.72
1T. Mario Scheiber, Austria, 2:02.72
3. Philipp Schoerghofer, Austria, 2:02.74
4. Ole Magnus Kulbeck, Norway, 2:02.94
5. Jeremy Transue, Hunter, NY; Green Mountain Valley School/U.S. Development, 2:03.04
10. Greg Hardy, Stratton Mountain, VT/Stratton Mountain School/U.S. Development, 2:03.83
12. Jeff Harrison, Steilacom, WA/White Pass Ski Team/U.S. Development, 2:04.23
DNF2: Ted Ligety, Park City, UT/Park City Ski Team
Mont Genevre, FRA — Mar. 7
1. Michaela Kirchgasser, Austria, 1:38.53
2. Ana Jelusic, Croatia, 1:38.82
3. Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, WY/Park City Ski Team/U.S. B Team, 1:39.37
4. Therese Borssen, Sweden, 1:39.76
5. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:40.13
21. Ashley Spina, Guildhall, VT/Burke Mountain Academy/U.S. Development Team, 1:45.02
22. Lindsey C. Kildow, Vail, CO/Ski Club Vail/U.S. B Team, 1:45.75
41. Kaylin Richardson, Edina, MN/Team Gilboa/ U.S. Development Team, 1:56.433
43. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA/Squaw Valley Ski Team/U.S. B Team, 2:06.99