Ladies’DAY THE WORLD CUP WOMEN GET THEIR TURN ON THE MEN’S COURSE AT KRANJSKA GORA AS TESSA WORLEY AND MICHAELA KIRCHGASSER GET THEIR FIRST WINS OF THE SEASON BY ERIC WILLIAMS
So far, the women’s World Cup tech season has
been marked by a one-woman-show on the slalom
slope and plenty of variety on the GS course.
Austrian Marlies Schild cruised to the first five sla-
lom victories of the season, taking several by more
than a second. Three different women won the first
three GS races of the season, including Lindsey
Vonn with her first-ever GS Cup win in Soelden and
Anna Fenninger’s first career victory of any disci-
pline in Lienz. The results in Kranjska Gora, Slove-
nia, would be as unexpected as the location of the
With snow totals too low for racing in Maribor, the
World Cup women were moved 130 miles to the
west across Slovenia and up nearly 2,000 feet to
the regular men’s stop in Kranjska Gora.
After the Val d’Isere super G was moved to Beaver
Creek in a similar, last-minute fashion, it was the
second time this season the women would get to
play on one of the men’s courses.
The women hadn’t seen the terrain-packed Pod-
koren course since 2007 — or even raced GS for
nearly a month — but with Golden Fox trophies on
the line and 8,000 fans packing the finish area sta-
dium each day, the stakes grew higher.