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Renate Goetschl of Austria wins Cortina; Kildow fourth

Renate Goetschl of Austria wins Cortina; Kildow fourthAustria’s Renate Goetschl has been so close to the top step of the podium all season, that it was just a matter of time. In this case it was a blistering time of 1.15.57 that notched Goetschl her first win of the season in the first of two super Gs and two downhills scheduled for Cortina, Italy. Goetschl, last year’s super G and downhill World Cup winner, squeezed by surprise runner-up, Anja Paerson of Sweden, leaving Germany’s Martina Ertl in third.

‘There’s nothing better than to win in Cortina’ said Goetschl. ‘I have a special feeling for this course.’

That ‘special feeling’ comes as a result of having won in super G three times previously on this course, including the last two seasons. She has also won twice in downhill. This picturesque resort at the foot of the rugged Dolomite Mountains was bathed in sunshine, but the snow remained hard and fast. U.S. speed coach, Alex Hoedlmoser noted, ‘The conditions were absolutely perfect. It doesn’t get any better than this.’

Running with bib number five, Canadian Emily Brydon took the early lead and held it until Martina Ertl, running from the 17th slot, took over the top spot. But Ertl’s glory was short-lived when the next racer, Sweden’s Anja Paerson, bumped Ertl to second. Paerson, who dominated the technical events last season and took home the overall World Cup title, has found out just how demanding the chase for another globe can be. She faltered in the technical races last weekend at Santa Caterina, complaining of a lack of energy. But with a surge of competitive spirit, she found the strength to put down the best super G run of her career over the rolling, technical 1.15-mile track.

Paerson watched the best super G racers in the world fall short of her time until Goetschl, running 28th did what she has done so many times in the past at Cortina skied to perfection to take the win.

American, Lindsey Kildow, the World Cup leader in downhill, continued her string of top finishes in the speed events with a fourth place, just .07-seconds off the podium. Hoedlmoser commented, ‘Lindsey made a few mistakes; it was not a perfect run, but she has the confidence to carry speed.’

This result moves her into second in the super G standings behind Michaela Dorfmeister from Austria, who finished fifth. Kildow led a strong North American contingent of seven racers into the top 30. Canadians Emily Brydon and Genevieve Simard, winner of a super G here last year, placed ninth and 19th respectively, and for the U.S. team Julia Mancuso (16th), Jonna Mendes (18th), Kirsten Clark (20th), and Caroline Lalive (26th) all finished in the scoring and less than 1.5 seconds behind the winning time. The race was put on hold following a spectacular crash by Germany’s Maria Riesch, which ended her season.

Tanja Poutiainen, who is not racing the speed events at Cortina, maintained her overall World Cup led, but Paerson’s second place super G result vaulted her past Janica Kostelic of Croatia into second in the overall race.

World Cup

Women’s Super G
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Jan. 12, 2005

1. Renate Goetschl, AUT 1:15.57
2. Anja Paerson, SWE 1:15.79
3. Martina Ertl, GER 1:16.02
4. Lindsey Kildow, USA 1:16.09
5. Michaela Dorfmeister, AUT 1:16.17
6. Elisabeth Goergl, AUT 1:16.20
7. Silvia Berger, AUT 1:16.32
8. Andreas Fischbacher, AUT 1:16.36
9. Emily Brydon, CAN 1:16.36
10. Alexandra Meissnitzer, AUT 1:16.42
11. Lucia Recchia, ITA 1:16.49
12. Nadia Fanchini, ITA 1:16.56
13. Janica Kostelic, CRO 1:16.59
14. Katja Wirth, AUT 1:16.60
15. Brigitte Obermoser, AUT 1:16.68
16. Julia Mancuso, USA 1:16.72
17. Hilde Gerg, GER 1:16.73
18. Jonna Mendes, USA 1:16.74
19. Genevieve Simard, CAN 1:16.80
20. Kirsten Clark, USA 1:16.83
20. Petra Haltmayr, GER 1:16.83
22. Chimene Alcott, GBR 1:16.91
23. Ingrid Jacquemod, FRA 1:16.94
24. Eveline Rohregger, AUT 1:17.06
25. Tina Maze, SLO 1:17.07
26. Caroline Lalive, USA 1:17.11
27. Isolde Kostner, ITA 1:17.13
28. Nadia Styger, SUI 1:17.36
29. Mojca Suhadolc, SLO 1:17.44
30. Magda Mattel, FRA 1:17.50
other North Americans:
39. Kelly Vanderbeek, CAN 1:17.86
41. Brigitte Acton, CAN 1:17.94
43. Allison Forsyth, CAN 1:18.02
47. Sarah Schleper, USA 1:18.40
DNF: Sophie Splawinski, Anne Marie LeFrancois, CAN ; Bryna McCarty, USA.

THE SCOOP

By Hank McKee

equipment
Women’s SG, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Jan. 12, 2005 Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Goetschl, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
2 Paerson, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
3 Ertl, Rossignol/Nordica/Rossignol
4 Kildow, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
5 Dorfmeister, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
6 Goergl, Blizzard/Lange/Marker
7 Berger, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
8 Fischbacher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
9 Brydon, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
10 Meissnitzer, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker

Women’s Super G, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy Jan. 12, 2005. … It is the 18th race of the women’s 32 race (plus 1 combined) World Cup schedule. … It is the fourth of eight scheduled super G’s. … Winning margin is 22/100ths. … Top dozen within the same second.

It is the 34th career win for Renate Goetschl. … She has more wins than any other active skier. … She moves past Hanni Wenzel into to rank fourth all time among women (Moser-Proell 62, Vreni Schneider 55, Katja Seizinger 36). … It is her first win of the season. … She has been second three times this season (Lake Louise DH and SG 12/4-5/2004 and Santa Caterina DH1 (1/7/05). … She is the ninth different Austrian to collect a win this season. … It is her sixth victory at Cortina, winning SG’s 1/22/99, 1/17/03 and 1/16/04 and DH’s 1/26/02 and 1/18/03. … The last five Austrian wins at Cortina are Goetschl’s. …

It is the 49th career World Cup podium for Anja Paerson and her fifth of the season, four of them second places. … It is her first SG podium her next best result in the discipline 6th at Sestriere 3/11/04. … She has placed in the top 13 in all four SG’s this season. …

It is the 55th career World Cup podium for Martina Ertl. … Her first of the season. … It is the ninth German podium of the season from six different skiers. … It is her fifth career podium at Cortina the third in a race won by Goetschl.

It is the seventh career top four result for Lindsey Kildow. … the sixth of the season all in SG or DH. … It is the ninth career top 10 result for Emily Brydon. … Her second of the season (SantaCaterina DH 1/7/). … Kildow has three results at Cortina, all in the top five. … It is the 17th top 16 result for Julia Mancuso. … Her ninth of the season. … It is the best result of the season for Jonna Mendes. … She has been 19th twice. … It is the seventh scoring result of the season for Genevieve Simard. … Her second SG result after an 18th at Lake Louise 12/5. … It is the ninth scoring result of the season for Kirsten Clark. … It is the third time she has been 20th this season. … It is the eighth scoring result of the season for Caroline Lalive.

Tanja Poutiainen (did not race) holds the World Cup overall lead 706-659 for Anja Paerson. … Lindsey Kildow is the top American in sixth at 485. … Michaela Dorfmeister (finished 5th) leads the Super G standings 215-210 over Kildow. … Goetschl moves to third at 209. … Julia Mancuso is the next best American in 11th at 89pts. … With six finishers in the top 10 Austria bolters the Nations Cup lead to 7283-3577 over the U.S. and the women’s total to 3068-1796 over the U.S.

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