Goetschl wins super G title | AspenTimes.com

Goetschl wins super G title

Andrew Dampf
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

SIERRA NEVADA, Spain ” Renate Goetschl clinched the World Cup super G title with two races left after Lindsey Kildow ended her season early because of a knee injury.

The Austrian skier learned Friday that she had won her third super G championship because of her insurmountable 213-point lead on teammate Nicole Hosp. Kildow’s withdrawal from the rest of the season was announced late Thursday by the U.S. team.

Goetschl has 440 points in the super G standings. Kildow had 310 and Hosp followed with 227. Wins are worth 100 points each.

Goetschl has won four downhill crowns and took the overall title in 2000. She won three of the five super G’s this season, and finished second and third in the other two. She also leads the downhill and overall standings.

“It’s not time to celebrate,” Austrian coach Herbert Mandl said. “She’s very focused to finish the season now. She’s also going for the overall and downhill titles.”

There are only two super G’s remaining this season ” on March 4 in Tarvisio, Italy, and the World Cup finals on March 15 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Goetschl will have to wait until the finals to receive the small crystal globe that goes with the super G title.

Kildow ended her season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee at last week’s world championships in Are, Sweden.

Giant slalom and slalom races are scheduled for Sierra Nevada this weekend, but Mandl said Goetschl would only enter the giant slalom. Teammates Marlies Schild and Hosp, who are second and fourth in the overall standings, will compete in both races.

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