Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tons of Austrian snow for World Cup slaloms

Stiegler nearer to the podium

"We had meters and meters and meters of snow. I've never seen so much snow," said U.S. Ski Team technical racer and 2006 Olympian Resi Stiegler, 22, of Jackson Hole, Wyo. after Saturday's World Cup slalom race at Reiteralm, Austria.

Four straight days of a fall blizzard buried the Austrian resort, where the season-opening World Cup slaloms for men and women were staged.

Today's birthday girl Stiegler got closer to her first-ever World Cup podium with a fourth place behind winner Marlies Schild of Austria. In Sunday's men's slalom, Jimmy Cochran of Keene, N.H. was 14th and Bode Miller 26th.

First men's speed events are Nov. 24-25 at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. The women have slalom and giant slalom Nov. 24-25 at Panorama, B.C.

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