World Cup rise
A week after she podiumed in World Cup
giant slalom in Austria, Maine racer Kirsten Clark continued her climb in the
Cup standings with a sixth place in super giant slalom Sunday at Megeve, France.
Carrabassett Valley Academy grad Clark,
26, moved up to 10th place in the women’s World Cup overall standings. On
Monday, teammate Kristina Koznick finished sixth in the women’s slalom at Megeve.
Sweden’s World Cup leader Anja Paerson
captured her fifth win of the season—fourth in slalom—Monday at Megeve. On
Sunday, Austrian Alexandra Meissnitzer earned her 12th World Cup victory in the
Meanwhile, U.S. racer Bode Miller
continued his struggles with a pair of DNFs in men’s giant slalom and slalom
Jan. 3-4 at Flachau, Austria. Miller was leading Saturday’s GS when he crashed
out in the final section—his first DNF in five giant slaloms. Miller has DNFd
all three slaloms this year.
The good news for the Americans was that
Daron Rahlves’ knee injury wasn’t as serious as initially feared. Rahlves badly
bruised his knee in the final training run at Bormio, Italy after Christmas. He
DNQd Saturday’s GS.
The women travel to Veysonnaz, Switz. for
downhill and super giant slalom Jan. 10-11. The men head to Chamonix, France for
back-to-back downhills and SL this weekend.
Here is last week’s wrap-up:
Women’s SL Jan. 5 at Megeve, France:
1—Anja Paerson (Swe.) 1:42.25. 6—Kristina Koznick 1:43.88. 8—Sarah Schleper
1:44.06. 17—Resi Stiegler 1:44.81. DNF—Lindsey Kildow. DNQ—Julia Mancuso.
Women’s SG Jan. 4 at Megeve, France:
1—Alexandra Meissnitzer (Aust.) 1:24.98. 6—Kirsten Clark 1:25.74. 10—Caroline
Lalive 1:26.64. 36—Libby Ludlow 1:27.79. 38—Lindsey Kildow 1:28.07. 41—Jonna
Mendes 1:28.32. DNF—Sarah Schleper.
Current women’s World Cup standings:
1—Anja Paerson, Swe. 739. 2—Nicole Hosp (Aust.) 506. Top Americans: 10—Kirsten
Clark 257 (5-SG, 7-DH). 14—Sarah Schleper 195 (9-GS). 19—Kristina Koznick 169
Men’s SL Jan. 4 at Flachau, Austria:
1—Kalle Palander (Fin.) 1:42.24. 23—Tom Rothrock 1:45.12. DNF—Bode Miller, Chip
Knight. DNQ—Bryon Friedman.
Men’s GS Jan. 3 at Flachau, Austria:
1—Benjamin Raich (Aust.) 2:22.54. 18—Dane Spencer of Boise 2:24.76. DNF—Bode
Miller. DNQ—Daron Rahlves.
Current men’s World Cup overall
standings (15 races): 1—Hermann Maier, Aust., 515. 2—Benjamin Raich (Aust.)
469. 10—Bode Miller 337 (1-GS by a 310-249 margin over Kalle Palander). 11—Daron
Rahlves 300 (3-DH).