Austrian domination continues in Aspen
November 26, 2006
New day. Same story.Saturday, the Austrian women’s alpine team captured three of the top four spots in giant slalom at the Aspen Winternational. Today, the country’s reign continued. Marlies Schild and Nicole Hosp finished first and second, respectively, in slalom. Schild’s two-run time of 1 minute, 43.18 seconds bested her fellow countryman by .8 seconds. She posted the day’s two fastest runs.Sweden’s Therese Borsson took third and was 1.07 seconds off the pace. Fellow Swede Anja Paerson, still working her way back after right knee surgery following the Olympics, made great strides on the road to recovery with a fourth-place result.Paerson, last year’s slalom winner in Aspen and Olympic champion, was fifth after the first run. She dropped .24 seconds during a solid second run to momentarily take the lead with five racers yet to run. The two racers that followed could not best her time, but the final three Hosp, Borssen and Schild posted faster times to bump the two-time World Cup overall champion off the podium. The U.S. struggled for a second consecutive day. Only three of nine Americans finished in the top 30 after the first run. Lindsey Kildow was the top U.S. finisher in 17th, four seconds behind Schild.See Monday’s Aspen Times for complete World Cup coverage.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.