Lindsey Vonn (USA), 1,980
Tina Maze (SLO), 1,402
Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER), 1,227
Lindsey Vonn (USA), 690
Tina Weirather (LIE), 400
Elisabeth Goergl (AUT), 384
Lindsey Vonn (USA), 453
Julia Mancuso (USA, 381
Anna Fenninger (AUT), 369
Kirchgasser leads strong Austrian showing on home snow
The Austrian squad was a little sleepy in the speed events but came to life with
a win in the team event (Switzerland second, Sweden third). The men got it
going with a podium sweep in the GS (see the story in this issue). That same
day, Michaela Kirchgasser, one of only three women other than fellow Austrian
Marlies Schild to win a slalom this season, had the crowd of 30,000 dancing
thanks to her win in the slalom.
“It’s amazing; I don’t know what to say,” said an overwhelmed Kirchgasser in the
finish area over the deafening sound of blaring bullhorns. “It’s awesome; I didn’t
believe because the first run was not the best, but then I really rocked it down.
I’m only 20 minutes from my hometown and the crowd is terrific.”
Schild finished third for her eighth podium of the season after taking wins in the
first five slaloms of the season and sealing her fourth slalom title.
With two more Austrian podiums from Mario Matt (third in the slalom) and Anna
Fenninger (second on the GS), the home team garnered more hardware than
any other nation — and plans to do the same thing at the same place at next
season’s world championships.
Stiegler Bit by the Injury Bug Yet Again
The U.S. Ski Team’s perennial comeback kid, Resi Stiegler, 26, received an-
other blow when she fell during her small-final heat in the World Cup Finals
parallel slalom team event . Stiegler’s fans watching on TV or online around
the world winced in disbelief when she grabbed her left knee in pain after the
fall and was carried off the course by coaches.
Stiegler returned to the U.S., where doctors at Vail Valley Medical Center per-
formed and MRI and discovered damage to her ACL and meniscus.
An upbeat Stiegler let her supporters know about the extent of her injury via a
Facebook post the following Monday.
“Ok so going in for surgery tomorrow going to fix ACL and meniscus and check
on bone damage and hope for no other surprises,” wrote an optimistic Stiegler.
“I’m feeling awesome and this is way easier than any of my other spills so wish
me luck and I’ll be back banging down ur door in no time!”
Stiegler, who earned her first World Cup podium just two weeks before her lat-
est fall, had missed the majority of the previous three seasons with injuries, in-
cluding a broken left forearm and right shinbone, torn ligaments in her right knee,
a broken foot and fractures in her left tibia and femur.
Lindsey Vonn (USA), 180
Tina Maze (SLO), 125
Nicole Hosp (AUT), 120
Viktoria Rebensburg (GER), 650
Lindsey Vonn (USA), 455
Tessa Worley (FRA), 446
Marlies Schild (AUT), 760
Michaela Kirchgasser (AUT), 452
Tina Maze (SLO), 413
France’s Marion Rolland earned her first two World Cup
podiums in the Finals downhill and super G races.
Resi Stiegler is helped off the team-event course by
coaches after injuring her knee.