Austria’s Goergl wins women’s GS
Aspen, CO Colorado
BORMIO, Italy ” Elisabeth Goergl of Austria won the final giant slalom World Cup race of the season on Saturday, edging Manuela Moelgg of Italy.
Goergl finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 24.96 seconds on the Stelvio course. Moelgg, whose brother Manfred clinched the men’s slalom title earlier in the day, was 0.07 behind.
“I think this is just the beginning,” said Goergl, a winner of two events this season. “I am really pleased that I was able to confirm my first victory.”
Moelgg just missed making it a sibling sweep.
“It’s wonderful to be celebrating together with my brother,” she said. “I am a little bit disappointed to have lost by .07 seconds. I could have won, but I’ll take this. I am still not mature for my first win, I have to keep attacking like my brother.”
Kathrin Zettel of Austria finished third. Teammate Nicole Hosp led after the first run but made a mistake in the second and dropped to 11th.
Overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States had her second-best giant slalom finish of the season, finishing seventh. Denise Karbon of Italy, who already won the giant slalom title this season, finished eighth.
Karbon had won five of the previous six giant slaloms and won the discipline title with 592 points. Goergl had 479 and Moelgg finished with 359.
David Stapleton is the development officer for the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. A product of the club, AVSC sat down with Stapleton for a Q&A session in this week’s Clubhouse Chronicles.