down their chase
To Paerson, Goetschl
While the World Cup world waits
for the next Bode Miller-Hermann Maier showdown Saturday, Feb. 28 in
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, the World Cup women displayed their own 1-2
punch last weekend at Are, Sweden.
World Cup leaders Anja Paerson of
Sweden (winning in giant slalom) and Renate Goetschl of Austria (super
giant slalom) picked up wins at Are and maintained their nip-and-tuck
race for the women’s overall lead.
Paerson’s 21st career victory and
10th of the season came from a final-run tear out of the pack, lifting
her from 10th place to the GS victory. Goetschl’s 32nd career win and
fifth of the season came on a windy day, and on a choppy racing surface.
In the women’s World Cup overall
standings, Paerson has 1331 points and Goetschl 1208, with five
technical races remaining and only two speed events including the World
Cup Finals March 10-14 at Sestriere, Italy.
Meanwhile, U.S. Ski Team racer
Bode Miller is in third place in the overall standings 70 points behind
leader Hermann Maier of Austria. They clash next in the Slovenia giant
slalom Saturday, to be televised on Outdoor Life Network at 5 p.m.
The women head to Finland for the
first World Cup races to be held in that country, slaloms Feb. 28-29.
Here is last week’s wrap-up:
Women’s GS Feb. 22 at Are,
Sweden.: 1—Anja Paerson (Swe.) 2:15.64. 10—Kristina Koznick 2:17.41.
18—Lindsey Kildow 2:17.62. DNF—Libby Ludlow. DNQ—Julia Mancuso, Jonna
Mendes, Jessica Kelley, Sarah Schleper, Caroline Lalive.
Women’s SG Feb. 21 at Are:
1—Renate Goetschl (Aust.) 1:09.22. 9—Caroline Lalive 1:09.76. 11—Libby
Ludlow 1:09.77. 12—Lindsey Kildow 1:09.87. 17—Julia Mancuso 1:10.21. 41—Jonna
Current women’s World Cup
standings: 1—Anja Paerson (Swe). 1331 (1-SL, 1-GS). 2—Renate
Goetschl (Aust.) 1208 (1-DH, 1-SG). 11—Kirsten Clark 456. 19—Sarah
Current men’s World Cup overall
standings: 1—Hermann Maier (Aust.) 1054 (2-DH, 1-SG). 2—Benjamin
Raich (Aust.) 985 (3-SL, 4-GS). 3—Bode Miller 984 (2-GS, 5-SL, 1-C).
4—Stephan Eberharter (Aust.) 961 (1-DH). 7—Daron Rahlves 720 (3-DH,