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Michaela Dorfmeister wins final super G, and SG discipline title


Michaela Dorfmeister wins final super G, and SG discipline titleMichaela Dorfmeister of Austria won the final super G of the women’s World Cup season today, clinching the super G discipline title only hours after American Bode Miller became the first-ever American super G title winner.

Lindsey Kildow of the United States finished fourth, off the podium by just 0.02 seconds. No American woman has ever won the World Cup super G title, and in January Lindsey Kildow announced that she would like to be the first.

“I will give myself another season and fight for the only thing that’s missing,” said Dorfmeister. “The gold medal in the Olympics I missed by only one hundredth in 1998 at Nagano. I have reached the main goal of this season, the super G World Cup title. So I will be very relaxed this summmer and next winter.”

Immediately after the race, Swiss skier Sonja Nef retired from the sport. Hundreds of local journalists and at least a dozen television cameras were present.

Coming into today’s race, there were three skiers in mathematical contention for the title: Dorfmeister (393 points), Renate Goetschl (371 points) and Kildow (346 points).

Dorfmeister also won super G races at Lake Louise, Canada and Are, Sweden.

Click here to see a map of the Lenzerheide course, which was designed especially for these races, and is named for Silvano Beltrametti, the Swiss downhiller who was partially paralyzed after a skiing accident in 2001.

Katja Seitzinger of Germany won this title three times (in 1995, 1996 and 1998). Since then it has been won twice by Hilde Gerg of Germany (1997 and 2002), twice by Renate Goetschl of Austria (2000 and 2004), and once each by Alexandra Meissnitzer of Austria (1999), the late Regine Cavagnoud of France (2001) and Carole Montillet of France (2003).

The World Cup Finals resume tomorrow, with men’s giant slalom and women’s slalom. On Sunday, men will race slalom and women will run GS, and the overall World Cup titles will be announced.

Click on these links to see results from each of this year’s World Cup super G:
Lake Louise, CAN(winner: Michaela Dorfmeister, AUT)
St. Moritz, AUT (winner: Hilde Gerg, GER)
Altenmarkt, AUT (winner: Alexandra Meissnitzer, AUT)
Cortina, ITA (winner: Renate Goetschl, AUT)
Cortina, ITA (winner: Renate Goetschl, AUT)
Are, SWE (winner: Michaela Dorfmeister, AUT)
San Sicario, ITA (winner: Anja Paerson, SWE)
Lenzerheide, SUI (winner: Michaela Dorfmeister

World Cup Finals

Women’s Super G
Lenzerheide, Switzerland
March 11, 2005
1. Michaela Dorfmeister, AUT 1:12.38
2. Marlies Schild, AUT 1:12.68
3. Anja Paerson, SWE 1:12.96
4. Lindsey Kildow, USA 1:12.98
5. Renate Goetschl, AUT 1:13.03
6. Martina Ertl, GER 1:13.10
7. Nadia Fanchini, ITA 1:13.14
8. Petra Haltmayr, GER 1:13.23
9. Silvia Berger, AUT 1:13.36
9. Elisabeth Goergl, AUT 1:13.36
11. Kirsten Clark, USA 1:13.39
12. Emily Brydon, CAN 1:13.64
13. Alexandra Meissnitzer, AUT 1:13.74
14. Tina Maze, SLO 1:13.76
15. Janica Kostelic, CRO 1:13.78
15. Lucia Recchia, ITA 1:13.78
17. Caroline Lalive, USA 1:14.02
18. Ingrid Jacquemod, FRA 1:14.15
19. Isolde Kostner, ITA 1:14.40
20. Hilde Gerg, GER 1:14.47
21. Brigitte Obermoser, AUT 1:14.49
22. Carole Montillet, FRA 1:15.21
23. Kelly Vanderbeek, CAN 1:16.00
Other North Americans:
DNF: Julia Mancuso, USA.

THE SCOOP

By Hank McKee

equipment
Women’s SG, Lenzerheide, March 11, 2005
Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Dorfmeister, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2 Schild, Atomic/Lange/Atomic
3 Paerson, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
4 Kildow, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
5 Goetschl, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
6 Ertl, Rossignol/Nordica/Rossignol
7 Fanchini, Dynastar/Lange/Look
8 Haltmayr, Fischer/Lange/Atomic
9 Berger, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9 Goergl, Blizzard/Lange/Marker

Women’s Super G, Lenzerheide, 3/11/2005. … It is the 31st of 33 events on the women’s 2005 World Cup schedule. … It is the eighth and final women’s super G… Winning margin is 3 tenths of a second. … Top 10 competitors are within the same second.

It is the 21st career Cup win for Dorfmeister. … Her seventh in SG. … It is her fifth win of the season. … Third in SG.

It is the 13th career podium for Marlies Schild. … But the first in SG. … It is her sixth podium of the season. … It is her only SG score of the season.

It is the 55th career podium for Anja Paerson. … Her 11th of the season.

It is the ninth top four result of the season for Lindsey Kildow. … She was top 10 in 14 of the 18 Cup races she completed this season. … Kirsten Clark scored her best SG result of the season. … but was not rewarded with points as only top 15 score at Finals. … It was the third best SG result of the season for Emily Brydon. … It was the 17th top 30 of the season for Caroline Lalive. … Tenth of the season for Kelly Vanderbeek.

Anja Paerson grows her overall standings lead to 89 over Janica Kostelic (15th in race) 1333-1244. … Michaela Dorfmeister moves into third overall with 1122, passing Renate Goetschl (5th) at 1119. … Lindsey Kildow is the top American in sixth with 878. … Julia Mancuso (DNF) is 10th at 598. … Dorfmeister takes the SG title 493-416 over Goetschl. … It is her first SG title. … She has now won titles in three disciplines having previously won the ’02 overall, the ’03 DH title and the ’00 GS title. … Kildow finishes 3rd at 396.

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