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racers such as Daniel Mahrer questioning and disagreeing with the additional gate, contending it would cause problems, Messner refused to remove
it. Already, during the week of training runs, his boss Frehsner hadn’t endeared himself to anyone. Abrasive in manner, the FIS official had even attacked a course worker with a shovel.
The decision to cancel the race cast a pall on an otherwise momentous and
entertaining week in Aspen. In the end it was Kitt who had the last say. The
24-year old, low-key athlete from Rochester, N. Y,. held a private news conference the day after Saturday’s masquerade. Official result or not, the Aspen
Winter Club, host of the event, had voted him the full amount of $30,000
for first place in the downhill. They also bestowed him the Roche Cup,
the perpetual race trophy awarded to the winner of Aspen’s historic race.
“I thought the race course was in great shape,” Kitt said to the media. “I’m
discouraged with the international federation of our sport. The sport I love
so much is nose-diving because of a few people. I used to say hello to Karl
and Sepp whenever I saw them. Now…I will always avoid them for their
On Sunday, the super G was run without incident over the same terrain. Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won convincingly. Daniel Mahrer placed third.
And as the men’s World Cup flew to Spain for the next downhill race at Sierra Nevada, the Aspen Winter Club was counting part of the prize money
that Kitt had donated back to the club to sponsor 10 kids on their ski team.