The Blowout IN SOLDEU
MARLIES SCHILD STARTS A NEW SLALOM
WINNING STREAK AND TESSA WORLEY
GRABS HER SECOND GS WIN IN A ROW AT
ANDORRA’S WINDY WORLD CUP DEBUT
BY ERIC WILLIAMS
For the first time in history, the World Cup women were racing in the
tiny principality of Andorra. Their first impression? Windy.
The night before the first of two scheduled giant slaloms, 100 mile-per-hour winds tore through 181-square mile Andorra, perched in the Pyrenees Mountains between the borders of Spain and France. The gusts
threw tents and banners into the Valira d’Orient river and destroyed TV
towers. After a two-hour delay, during which volunteers tried to patch together all the necessary equipment in the squall, the race was canceled.
It was strike two for the race, which had been moved to Soldeu after being
canceled by heavy snowfall in Courchevel, France, in mid-December.
After the cancellation, officials plucked equipment from the river, rebuilt
part of the finish stadium and opted to flip the remaining schedule. The
forecast called for more winds on Saturday, the new slalom day, pushing
the giant slalom to Sunday. But the wind wasn’t done yet.
After a rare DNF in the previous
slalom, Marlies Schild came back in
the second run to finish first.