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Veteran U.S. Women Take Cortina By Storm


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Cortina, Italy, Jan. 19, 2001–It was a day for U.S. veterans Megan Gerety (Anchorage, AK) and PicaboStreet (Park City, UT) to lead their younger teammates Saturday in a World Cup downhill in Cortina.Italy’s Isolde Kostner won by .02 over Austrian Renate Goetschl, while Gerety was fifth and Street – in herbest result since leg injuries nearly three years ago – stormed out of 50th start to finish 15th.

Kostner, who collected her fourth victory in Cortina – but her first in three seasons – finished in anunofficial 1:32.79 to nip Goetschl, the defending World Cup champion who started just in front of her onthe 1956 Olympic DH run. Third place went to Regine Cavagnoud of France (1:32.95) with CanadianMelanie Turgeon in fourth (1:33.29).

For a few moments, the lead changed by a whisker with each skier as all the top four started at theback of the first seed – Kostner No. 30, Goetschl 29th, Cavagnoud 28th and Turgeon 24th.

Gerety, starting sixth, was fifth for the fourth time in her career, this time in 1:33.62. Street, attackingfrom the start on a hill where she picked up her first World Cup top-10 in 1993 and has won twice, was15th in 1:34.43.

“This was a day you had to put your head down and go,” said women’s DH/SG Head Coach Jim Tracy.”Megan, starting that early, did an awesome job…just awesome. I’m pretty stoked about the way sheskied.”

Street – who has struggled since coming back last month with a 24th-place finish in Val d’Isere, France- diced it up and gave coaches something to ponder as they get set to name the U.S. team for theWorld Championships Monday. The championships open Jan. 28 in St. Anton, Austria.

All five U.S. racers scored points with Jonna Mendes (Heavenly, CA) and Caroline Lalive (SteamboatSprings, CO) tied for 19th, each in 1:34.59, and Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) was tied for 23rd in1:34.98.

“It was another step for Peek. I’m pretty pleased…and they all did a good job,” Tracy said. “Picabo madea couple of mistakes, but she was at it right away and skied the top and bottom very well. Her techniqueis still coming, but she definitely did better, which is always good. It’s more confidence for her.”

The women race a super G Saturday and have a Sunday slalom, which – with Friday’s DH – is the backend of the second combined tally of the winter.


Cortina, ITA – Jan. 20, 2001

Women’s Downhill

1. Isolde Kostner, Italy, 1:32.79
2. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:32.81
3. Regine Cavagnoud, France, 1:32.95
4. Melanie Turgeon, Canada, 1:33.29
5. Megan Gerety, Anchorage, AK, 1:33.62
6. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1:33.83
7. Brigitte Obermoser, Austria, 1:33.85
8. Carole Montillet, France, 1:34.00
9. Selina Heregger, Austria, 1:34.04
10. Sylviane Berthod, Switzerland, 1:34.4
11. Hilde Gerg, Germany, 1:34.21
12. Corinne Rey-Bellet, Switzerland, 1:34.29
13. Marete Fjeldavlie, Norway, 1:34.30
14. Svetlana Zelenskaja, Russia, 1:34.41
15. Picabo Street, Park City, UT, 1:34.43
16. Veronika Thanner, Austria, 1:34.44
17. Emily Brydon, Canada, 1:34.52
18. Tanja Schneider, Austria, 1:34.04
19. (tie) Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, CO, and Jonna Mendes, Heavenly, CA, 1:34.59
21. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 1:34.68
22. Pia Kaeyhkoe, Finland, 1:34.90
23. (tie) Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME, and Stefanie Schuster, Austria, 1:34.98
25. M. Dummermuth, Switzerland, 1:35.03
26. Daniela Ceccarelli, Italy, 1:35.07
27. Luccia Recchia, Italy, 1:35.19
28. Catherine Borghi, Switzerland, 1:35.20
29. Mojca Suhadolc, Slovenia, 1:35.42
30. Sybille Brauner, Germany, 1:35.47

Women’s Overall (24 races)

1. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 907 points
2. Goetschl, 892
3. Cavagnoud, 790
4. Dorfmeister, 721
5. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 660
6. Martina Ertl, Germany, 634
7. Kostner, 599
8. Obermoser, 536
9. Rey-Bellet, 472
10. Anja Paerson, Swweden, 441
11. Montillet, 418
12. Karen Putzer, Italy, 367
13. Turgeon, 339
14. (tie)Trina Bakker, Norway, and Christel Saioni, France, 275 each
–19. Lalive, 253
20. Kristina Koznick, Burnsville, MN, 251
22. Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 242
31. Mendes, 155
36. Gerety, 137
42. Clark, 112
59. Alison Powers, Winter Park, CO, 61
93. Street, 23

Women’s Downhill (6 races)

1. Kostner, 476
2. Goetschl, 433
3. Cavagnoud, 280
4. (tie) Obermoser and Montillet, 247 each
6. Turgeon, 209
7. Dorfmeister, 158
8. Schneider, 155
9. Brydon, 154
10. Rey-Bellet, 138

12. Gerety, 127
13. Mendes, 118
17. Clark, 81
21. Lalive, 68
22. Powers, 61
37. Street, 23