Hoelzl claims Lienz GS; Vonn not badly injured


Most of the fastest racers in the first run dropped speed one after another in the final run of the women’s World Cup giant slalom in Lienz, Austria, on Monday but German Kathrin Hoelzl held onto her lead and claimed her second win of the season by .05 seconds.

Italian Manuela Moelgg was very close to her first World Cup win, tying teammate Federica Brignone for 12th after the first run and putting down the fastest second run of the day, 1.19 seconds faster than Hoelzl’s to take second place. French tech specialist Taina Barioz earned her first World Cup podium, finishing just .06 seconds behind Moelgg and .11 seconds behind Hoelzl.

Lindsey Vonn, who crashed hard near the bottom of the first run and went to the hospital with an injured left arm, is “doing fine,” according to U.S. women’s technical coach Trevor Wagner.

U.S. Team representatives said Vonn suffered a bone bruise and that her arm is in a splint. Although she is “sore,” Vonn is on the start list – No. 4 – for Tuesday’s slalom.

According to the Associated Press, Dr. Eduard Sporer from the Lienz district hospital said an X-ray and MRI exam revealed only “swelling or edema in the bone” and that Vonn could be able to race in the slalom.

“She’s got a lot of pain now but if she feels well she could start,” Sporer said.

The crash occurred about nine gates from the finish when her skis slid apart in what other racers said was an area of grippy snow, inconsistent to the rest of the course, which they said was very icy.  Vonn got up gingerly after the crash, skied to the bottom and said she just hoped the arm wasn’t broken before she left for the hospital.

While Julia Mancuso lost a pole at the top of the course in the first run and finished out of the top 30, as did Jessica Kelley, Sarah Schleper and Megan McJames stepped up for the Americans.

Schleper, who nearly crashed herself in the first run but recovered and kept gunning to the finish, ended up 13th and Megan McJames, who had the third fastest second run time of the day, was 20th.

McJames was 26th after the first run and stood in the leader’s box in the final for several minutes before Schleper replaced her for a couple of racers.

“There were a couple spots where I got a little late and behind it so I had to throw some spray to stay on track,” Schleper said of the second run. “If I can just clean those up and trust myself a little bit more and then not let them go sideways I think I can pop into the top 10 or even top five. It was so fun to come into the finish with Megan right there. I think it was my most fun experience so far this year.”

McJames also cherished the few minutes when the loudspeaker announced that Americans were in the lead.

“It’s really cool,” she said. “I get to keep seeing ‘McJames’ flash on the TV screen. Starting No. 50 in the first run, I really had to throw it down to get in there. The second run I had a clean course so it was a good opportunity to move up.”

Hoelzl, who is the defending world GS champion, said the slope was similar to that in Aspen, where she landed her first World Cup win earlier this season, and that her .41-second lead in the first run was the formula for victory in Lienz.

“My first run was perfect, I did almost every gate like I wanted,” Hoelzl said. “The second run wasn’t so good, but I skied OK and I am very happy to win.”

When asked if winning feels like a normal turn of events now that she has two under her belt early in the season, Hoelzl said it is still a pleasant surprise.

“I don’t think it’s normal, but it is nice,” she said. “I think it will give me confidence going into the Olympics.”

As the light got flat in the afternoon, top racers from the first run had trouble holding their speed in the second. Michaela Kirchgasser, who was second after the first run, ended up 10th, and Tina Maze, who was fourth after the first run and leading during the first half of the second, also lost speed coming into a flat on the middle of the course and ended up eighth. Moelgg said holding speed coming into the last break over in the second run was the recipe for success.

“I ski very well in the middle so I’m very happy,” Moelgg said. “In the middle, it’s steep and then flat. I ski well the two gates before that flat so that’s the secret. I hope tomorrow I’m skiing so well in the slalom.”

Watch Tuesday’s World Cup slalom in Lienz live on universalsports.com.

by Shauna Farnell

Click here to see an image gallery of the race.

Photos of Hoelzl (top) and Schleper by GEPA

The SCOOP
By Hank McKee

Equipment
Women’s Giant Slalom, Lienz, Austria, Dec. 28, 2009

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Hoelzl, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
2 Moelgg, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
3 Barioz, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
4 Brignone, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
5 Rebensburg, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
5 Zettel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
7 Brem, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
8 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Rossignol
9 Pietilae-Holmner, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
10 Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Women’s Giant Slalom, Lienz, Austria, Dec. 28, 2009.
… It is the 12th race of the women’s 32 race 2009-2010 World Cup schedule. … The fourth of seven scheduled giant slaloms. … It is the 18th World Cup held at Lienz, the eighth GS.

Kathrin Hoelzl is the first German to win at the site. … It is the second career Cup win for Hoelzl and her second of the season having also won at Aspen Nov. 28. … All of her 17 top 10 Cup results have come in GS.

It is the eighth career World Cup podium for Manuela Moelgg and the sixth time she has been second in a Cup race. … She does not have a win to her credit. … Of her podium results one is a slalom and the rest are GS’s. … She was also 2nd exactly a year ago at Semmering. … It is the tenth podium of the season for Italy.

It is a career best result for Taina Barioz and just her 11th career scoring result. … It is her fourth score of the season. … It is the seventh podium of the season for France.

Sarah Schleper matches her 44th career best score. … and matches her third best result at Lienz. … It is her fourth score of the season, all coming in GS. … It is the sixth career scoring result for Megan McJames. … all in GS. … It is her first score of the season.

Lindsey Vonn (DNF 1st run) maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 581-521 over Maria Riesch (DNF 1st run). … Kathrin Zettel (5th in race) is third at 429pts.  … Hoelzl leads the GS standings 281-265 over Zettel. … Tina Maze (8th in race) is third in the GS standings with 202pts. … Sarah Schleper in 15th with 67pts leads all North Americans.

Results:

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  3  205993 HOELZL Kathrin  1984  GER   1:08.17  1:08.44  2:16.61  0.00
 2  8  296259 MOELGG Manuela  1983  ITA   1:09.41  1:07.25  2:16.66  0.32
 3  14  196725 BARIOZ Taina  1988  FRA   1:08.69  1:08.03  2:16.72  0.71
 4  13  297601 BRIGNONE Federica  1990  ITA   1:09.41  1:07.32  2:16.73  0.77
 5  9  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:08.86  1:07.94  2:16.80  1.22
 5  5  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin  1986  AUT   1:09.12  1:07.68  2:16.80  1.22
 7  19  55898 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT   1:08.87  1:08.02  2:16.89  1.80
 8  2  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:08.70  1:08.25  2:16.95  2.19
 9  7  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria  1986  SWE   1:09.42  1:07.90  2:17.32  4.57
 10  10  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   1:08.58  1:08.87  2:17.45  5.41
 11  12  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:09.45  1:08.18  2:17.63  6.57
 12  21  295435 GIUS Nicole  1980  ITA   1:10.19  1:07.75  2:17.94  8.57
 13  27  536481 SCHLEPER Sarah  1979  USA   1:10.22  1:07.73  2:17.95  8.63
 14  1  185140 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN   1:09.13  1:08.90  2:18.03  9.15
 15  24  196851 BERTRAND Olivia  1989  FRA   1:09.87  1:08.22  2:18.09  9.53
 16  29  296476 ALFIERI Camilla  1985  ITA   1:09.14  1:08.97  2:18.11  9.66
 17  4  295445 KARBON Denise  1980  ITA   1:09.26  1:08.93  2:18.19  10.18
 18  6  196928 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA   1:09.29  1:09.04  2:18.33  11.08
 19  28  296379 GIANESINI Giulia  1984  ITA   1:10.17  1:08.37  2:18.54  12.43
 20  50  538284 MCJAMES Megan  1987  USA   1:11.29  1:07.35  2:18.64  13.08
 21  55  196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone  1988  FRA   1:10.78  1:07.93  2:18.71  13.53
 22  42  296509 CURTONI Irene  1985  ITA   1:10.64  1:08.27  2:18.91  14.82
 23  17  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:09.64  1:09.39  2:19.03  15.59
 24  22  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:11.22  1:07.95  2:19.17  16.49
 25  38  206355 DUERR Lena  1991  GER   1:11.45  1:08.07  2:19.52  18.75
 26  18  515766 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:11.23  1:08.62  2:19.85  20.87
 27  30  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:11.51  1:08.50  2:20.01  21.90
 28  23  196179 BERTRAND Marion  1984  FRA   1:11.46  1:08.64  2:20.10  22.48
 29  25  195671 JACQUEMOD Ingrid  1978  FRA   1:11.51  1:09.07  2:20.58  25.57
Did not qualify 1st run
     435210 GASIENICA DANIEL Agnieszka  1987  POL         
     505908 SMEDH Veronica  1988  SWE         
     515937 FUHRER Kathrin  1988  SUI         
     106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN         
     196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie  1988  FRA         
     155586 KMOCHOVA Tereza  1990  CZE         
     297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca  1990  ITA         
     435245 CHRAPEK Karolina  1990  POL         
     506399 HECTOR Sara  1992  SWE         
     55952 HACKL Karin  1989  AUT         
     185271 LEINONEN Sanni  1989  FIN         
     516013 JANKA Fabienne  1989  SUI         
     185292 ROVE Kristiina  1990  FIN         
     196806 NOENS Nastasia  1988  FRA         
     425887 LOESETH Mona  1991  NOR         
     537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA         
     565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO         
     495065 RIENDA Maria Jose  1975  SPA         
     296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA         
     55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT         
     55766 MADER Regina  1985  AUT         
     315149 LOLOVIC Jelena  1981  SRB         
     305944 KIYOSAWA Emiko  1983  JPN         
     225206 ALCOTT Chemmy  1982  GBR         
     106022 JANYK Britt  1980  CAN         
     35079 SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen  1982  ARG         
     155415 ZAHROBSKA Sarka  1985  CZE         
     55812 GEISLER Martina  1986  AUT         
     515733 BONJOUR Aline  1985  SUI         
     106666 RUBENS Shona  1986  CAN         
     565268 DREV Ana  1985  SLO         
     425629 LOESETH Lene  1986  NOR         
     306249 HASEGAWA Emi  1986  JPN         
     385032 JELUSIC Ana  1986  CRO         
     537230 KELLEY Jessica  1982  USA         
Did not finish 2nd run
     296729 FANCHINI Nadia  1986  ITA         
Did not finish 1st run
     385027 FLEISS Nika  1984  CRO         
     425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR         
     505679 HANSDOTTER Frida  1985  SWE         
     56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona  1991  AUT         
     537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA         
     355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE         
     715123 NOVAKOVIC Zana  1985  BIH         
     105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN         
     505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE         
     565323 JAZBEC Katja  1988  SLO         
     206001 RIESCH Maria  1984  GER         
     515855 GOOD Esther  1987  SUI         
     565360 STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO   

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