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Schild continues perfect slalom season with Zagreb Snow Queen crown, ill Vonn ninth

Marlies SchildAustrian ski racing fans have a true hero in slalom ace Marlies Schild.

The 30-year-old earned her fourth VIP Snow Queen Crown today (Jan. 3) under the lights in Zagreb, Croatia by a monster, 1.40-second margin after leading the way in both runs.

Schild has won all five of this season’s World Cup slalom races. She started her streak in Aspen in late November then strung together wins in Courchevel, Flachau and Lienz. Today’s victory brings her career total to 34.

“The conditions were really tough with the soft snow and the visibility was very low in the upper part of the course because of the fog,” Schild told the press after the first run. “Yet apparently difficult conditions seem to fit me even better. I like this event a lot, this long run is particularly challenging too.”

Slovenian Tina Maze grabbed her third slalom podium finish in as many races in second after putting down the third-fastest time on the second run course set by her coach and boyfriend, Denis Steharnik.

The Austrian fans were given another reason to cheer as Michaela Kirchgasser stepped onto her first podium of the season in third place, 2.27 seconds behind Schild.

Schild has plenty of experience winning at Zagreb. She has now earned four victories on the hill, the first two coming in 04 and 05, and the most recent just last season. Along with a check for 42,000 Euro, the winner in Zagreb is presented with a crystal crown and placed on a throne atop the podium. “I have a cabinet with a glass window at home and all my crowns are in there,” said Schild after the race, “Everyone comes and says ‘wow, cool crowns.’”

The foggy conditions that caused several racers problems during the first run, cleared for most of the second run.

American Lindsey Vonn, who was ill with a stomach bug and didn’t inspect the first run course, stood 24th after the first run. She appeared to have healed during the two-hour interval between runs as she ripped down the second run course with the second-fastest time and cross the finish line with a temporary lead of 2.20 seconds. She held the lead through the next four racers then began her slide to finish ninth. Vonn continues to hold the World Cup overall lead with 641 points, 101 points ahead of Schild in second with 540 points.

Fellow American Resi Stielger, the 47th starter, stood 13th after the first run but looked out of rhythm from the start of the second run. She took wide turns around several gates in the middle of the course to finish 25th and claim World Cup points in her second race in a row. She finished 27th last week in Lienz for her first World Cup score of the season.

Swede Emelie Wikstroem had a career day in seventh after standing 19th after the first run. Her previous best was a 12th-place result earned just last week in Lienz.

Anna Goodman was the only Canadian to see the second run with a 23rd-place finish after standing 30th in the first run.

Young American Mikalea Shiffrin, fresh off of her third-place result in Lienz last week, struggled in the fog at the top of the first run course, straddling a gate and skiing out of line. Hailey Duke and Kiley Staples finished the first run in 53 and 54th, respectively, failing to reach the 30-woman second run. 

The women’s World Cup tour now shifts back into speed events with downhill and super G races in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria Jan. 7-8.


The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup Night Race, Zagreb, Croatia, Jan. 3, 2012
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Schild, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
3 Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
4 Moelgg, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
5 Pietilae-Holmner, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
6 Poutiainen, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
7 Wikstroem, Voelkl/Tecnica/Marker
8 Borssen, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9 Vonn, Head/Head/Head
10 Noens, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Women’s World Cup Night Slalom, Zagreb, Croatia, Jan. 3, 2012. … The VIP Snow Queen Trophy race. … It is the 12th of 40 races on the women’s 2012 Cup schedule to be held. … The fifth of 10 slaloms. … It is the 12th Cup race hosted at Zagreb, all of them slaloms, eight of them women’s slaloms.

It is the 34th career World Cup win for Marlies Schild… Her 32nd in slalom moving her within one victory of Vreni Schneider’s record for slalom wins set in 1995. … It is her fifth win of the season, having swept the slalom schedule through the mid-point. … It is her fourth win at Zagreb dating back to 2005. … Winning margin is 1.4 seconds. … third place is 2.27 seconds out.

It is the 31st career World Cup podium result for Tina Maze. … Her eighth in slalom. … It is her third podium of the season in slalom. … She holds all of Slovenia’s podium results for the season. … It is her first podium at Zagreb.

It is the eighth career Cup podium result for Michaela Kirchgasser and her first in slalom. … Her last podium result came in combined Jan. 29, 2010.

It is the 18th career Cup top 10 in slalom for Lindsey Vonn. … and her second of the season. … It is the 17th career scoring result for Anna Goodman. … Her third of the season all in slalom. … It is the fourth finish at Zagreb for Resi Stiegler.

Vonn (ninth in race) maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 641-540 over Schild. … Maze sits third at 390pts. … Marie-Michele Gagnon (DNF 1st) ) is top Canadian overall in 33rd with 82pts. … Schild is dominating the slalom standings 500-287 over Maze. … Kirchgasser is third with 205pts. … Mikaela Shiffrin (DNF 1st) leads US skiers on the slalom list in 12th with 92pts. … Gagnon is top Canadian in 18th with 71pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 2186-1096 over the US. … Germany is third with 1000pts. … Canada 11th with 187pts.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  2  55590 SCHILD Marlies  1981  AUT   59.34  1:01.98  2:01.32  0.00
 2  3  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:00.24  1:02.48  2:02.72  7.04
 3  15  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   1:00.50  1:03.09  2:03.59  11.41
 4  8  296259 MOELGG Manuela  1983  ITA   1:00.98  1:03.08  2:04.06  13.78
 5  7  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria  1986  SWE   1:00.58  1:03.57  2:04.15  14.23
 6  4  185140 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN   1:00.72  1:03.57  2:04.29  14.93
 7  25  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie  1992  SWE   1:01.93  1:02.66  2:04.59  16.44
 8  14  505610 BORSSEN Therese  1984  SWE   1:01.42  1:03.26  2:04.68  16.89
 9  16  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:02.36  1:02.47  2:04.83  17.65
 10  11  196806 NOENS Nastasia  1988  FRA   1:00.65  1:04.24  2:04.89  17.95
 11  13  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida  1985  SWE   1:01.45  1:03.49  2:04.94  18.20
 12  26  206355 DUERR Lena  1991  GER   1:01.50  1:03.50  2:05.00  18.50
 13  5  705287 ZUZULOVA Veronika  1984  SVK   1:01.82  1:03.27  2:05.09  18.96
 14  28  296509 CURTONI Irene  1985  ITA   1:01.91  1:03.27  2:05.18  19.41
 15  10  206279 GEIGER Christina  1990  GER   1:01.96  1:03.29  2:05.25  19.76
 16  23  515997 FEIERABEND Denise  1989  SUI   1:01.60  1:03.99  2:05.59  21.47
 17  37  516280 HOLDENER Wendy  1993  SUI   1:01.81  1:04.02  2:05.83  22.68
 18  27  56032 SCHILD Bernadette  1990  AUT   1:02.26  1:03.72  2:05.98  23.43
 19  18  206035 CHMELAR Fanny  1985  GER   1:02.22  1:03.80  2:06.02  23.63
 20  9  155415 ZAHROBSKA Sarka  1985  CZE   1:02.04  1:04.03  2:06.07  23.88
 21  36  56059 DEPAULI Jessica  1991  AUT   1:01.82  1:04.37  2:06.19  24.49
 22  32  295435 GIUS Nicole  1980  ITA   1:02.73  1:04.30  2:07.03  28.71
 23  35  106633 GOODMAN Anna  1986  CAN   1:02.79  1:04.27  2:07.06  28.86
 24  42  305944 KIYOSAWA Emiko  1983  JPN   1:02.72  1:05.21  2:07.93  33.24
 25  47  537772 STIEGLER Resi  1985  USA   1:01.63  1:08.05  2:09.68  42.03
Disqualified 2nd run
   21  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie  1988  FRA         
Did not qualify 1st run
   73  516319 SUTER Corinne  1994  SUI         
   72  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena  1984  ARG         
   71  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena  1990  SRB         
   69  537792 DUKE Hailey  1985  USA         
   65  155479 SMUTNA Michaela  1987  CZE         
   64  506350 EKLUND Nathalie  1992  SWE         
   63  65038 PERSYN Karen  1983  BEL         
   58  196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone  1988  FRA         
   57  705349 GANTNEROVA Jana  1989  SVK         
   56  535585 STAPLES Kiley  1989  USA         
   55  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR         
   54  107044 IRWIN Madison  1991  CAN         
   51  206290 HUEBNER Monica  1990  GER         
   50  206174 STABER Veronika  1987  GER         
   49  435189 KLUS Aleksandra  1986  POL         
   48  55898 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT         
   46  106183 TERWIEL Elli  1989  CAN         
   44  196803 MOUGEL Laurie  1988  FRA         
   43  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara  1984  ITA         
   41  196725 BARIOZ Taina  1988  FRA         
   40  306096 HOSHI Mizue  1985  JPN         
   34  206099 PERNER Nina  1986  GER         
   33  355040 NIGG Marina  1984  LIE         
   19  205168 DUERR Katharina  1989  GER         
   17  196928 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA         
Did not finish 2nd run
   45  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna  1991  SWE         
   24  195972 AUBERT Sandrine  1982  FRA         
   6  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin  1986  AUT         
   1  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER         
Did not finish 1st run
   74  665009 SHKANOVA Maria  1989  BLR         
   70  35079 SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen  1982  ARG         
   68  185271 LEINONEN Sanni  1989  FIN         
   67  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild  1992  NOR         
   66  565331 LAVTAR Katarina  1988  SLO         
   62  516219 NUFER Priska  1992  SUI         
   61  516109 VOGEL Nadja  1990  SUI         
   60  355055 BUEHLER Rebecca  1992  LIE         
   59  485570 SOROKINA Anna  1990  RUS         
   53  565360 STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO         
   52  297601 BRIGNONE Federica  1990  ITA         
   39  55807 DAUM Alexandra  1986  AUT         
   38  196016 DAUTHERIVES Claire  1982  FRA         
   31  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI         
   30  55977 THALMANN Carmen  1989  AUT         
   29  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin  1990  CAN         
   22  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela  1995  USA         
   20  55690 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT         
   12  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN         


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