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Wednesday, March 3, 2004


For now, Bode takes World Cup lead

GS winner in Slovenia

New Hampshire’s Bode Miller, who seized the World Cup overall lead with a giant slalom victory Saturday in Slovenia, missed a huge chance to build upon that lead when he missed a first-run gate in Sunday’s slalom.

Miller, 26, came out of the technical skiing weekend with a 1084-1076 lead over Austria’s three-time World Cup overall king Hermann Maier, 31. But there are only six races remaining, and four are downhills and super giant slaloms in which Maier excels.

U.S. Ski Team gate ace Kristina Koznick, 28, from Minnesota posted her best finishes of the 2003-04 World Cup season, fifth and fourth in slaloms staged last weekend. They were the first Cup races held in Finland.

The men head to Kvitfjell, Norway for downhill and super giant slalom this coming weekend. Women have a weekend off before the World Cup Finals March 10-14 at Sestriere, Italy. Koznick, Sarah Schleper and Resi Stiegler are headed to the finals.

Here is last week’s wrap-up:

Men’s SL Feb. 29 at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: 1—Truls Ove Karlsen (Nor.) 1:42.72. 23—Ted Ligety 1:44.82. DNF—Tom Rothrock, Chip Knight, Jesse Marshall. DNQ—Bode Miller, Jimmy Cochran, Jake Zamansky.

Men’s GS Feb. 28 at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: 1—Bode Miller 2:13.01. 19—Daron Rahlves 2:14.91. DNF—Ted Ligety. DNQ—Dane Spencer, Jake Zamansky, Jesse Marshall, Jeff Harrison.

Current men’s World Cup overall standings: 1—Bode Miller 1084 (1-GS, 1-C). 2—Hermann Maier (Aust.) 1076 (2-DH, 1-SG). 7—Daron Rahlves 732 (3-DH, 3-SG).

Women’s SL Feb. 29 at Levi, Finland: 1—Maria Riesch (Germ.) 1:43.75. 4—Kristina Koznick 1:44.74. 13—Lindsey Kildow 1:46.49. 16—Julia Mancuso 1:47.07. DNF—Resi Stiegler.

Women’s SL Feb. 28 at Levi: 1—Tanja Poutiainen (Fin.) 1:49.12. 5—Kristina Koznick 1:50.60. 10—Julia Mancuso 1:51.04. 17—Resi Stiegler 1:52.23. DQ—Lindsey Kildow.

Current women’s World Cup standings: 1—Anja Paerson (Swe). 1381 (1-SL, 1-GS). 2—Renate Goetschl (Aust.) 1208 (1-DH, 1-SG). 13—Kirsten Clark 456. 19—Kristina Koznick 330. 20—Sarah Schleper 300.



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