World Cup glory
February 12, 2004
With all the great skiing we’ve had this season, it’s easy to forget that there is an entire world of skiing and snowboarding outside Aspen. On the World Cup circuit, which bypassed Aspen this year, the United States is having a stellar season. Check out this dispatch from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team:
With five weeks still to go in the season, U.S. athletes have been on the World Cup podium more than 40 times.
The men’s alpine team had the biggest roll in memory during the four days of racing at the Kitzbuehel World Cups, with two victories and four top threes.
Bode Miller has collected several “firsts” for American racers. He is the first U.S. skier to win the opening World Cup event (Soelden, Austria); the first to win a World Cup race on U.S. soil since 1984 (Park City, Utah); and the first to win the Kitzbuehel (Austria) combined since Phil Mahre in 1983.
Daron Rahlves became the first U.S. man to win a World Cup downhill in America (Beaver Creek) since Bill Johnson in ’84 and the first non-Austrian to win the Kitzbuehel super G. He is currently second in the downhill standings.
The women’s team has scored 28 top-10s by nine athletes, including Lindsey Kildow with her first podium (Cortina, Italy) on one of the toughest women’s downhills on the circuit.
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Kirsten Clark had her first career World Cup giant slalom podium in December, making her the first U.S. racer in 20 years to podium in three different World Cup disciplines ” downhill, super G and giant slalom.
Hannah Teter has proved she’s the snowboarder to beat in halfpipe competitions: She won five straight times, including the season’s first World Cup halfpipe.
Lindsey Jacobellis has cruised like a seasoned professional in snowboard cross, a new Olympic sport, with three wins, including her first World Cup win in Bad Gastein, Austria.