Results and analysis of December 22 alpine World Cups{mosimage}World Cup

Women’s Giant Slalom
St Moritz, Switzerland
Dec. 22, 2004

1. Tina Maze, SLO 2:26.99
2. Anja Paerson, SWE 2:27.11
3. Maria Jose Rienda Contreras, SPA 2:27.73
4. Karen Putzer, ITA 2:27.92
5. Tanja Poutiainen, FIN 2:28.46
6. Julia Mancuso, USA 2:28.52
7. Michaela Dorfmeister, AUT 2:28.56
8. Anna Ottosson, SWE 2:28.73
9. Kariina Birkelund, NOR 2:28.75
10. Genevieve Simard, CAN 2:28.85
11. Nicole Hosp, AUT 2:28.89
12. Renate Goetschl, AUT 2:29.09
13. Annemarie Gerg, GER 2:29.34
14. Sonja Nef, SUI 2:29.50
15. Sarah Schleper, USA 2:29.57
16. Ingrid Jacquemod, FRA 2:29.74
17. Michaela Kirchgasser, AUT 2:29.82
18. Sophie Splawinski, CAN 2:30.09
19. Eveline Rohregger, AUT 2:30.40
20. Caroline Lalive, USA 2:30.45
21. Ana Jelusic, CRO 2:30.60
22. Nicole Gius, ITA 2:30.79
23. Manuela Moelgg, ITA 2:30.84
24. Alexandra Meissnitzer, AUT 2:31.27
25. Kirsten Clark, USA 2:31.56
26. Marlies Oester, SUI 2:31.79
27. Martina Ertl, GER 2:31.84
other North Americans:
DNQ 2nd: Emily Brydon, Gail Kelly, Britt Janyk, Brigitte Acton, CAN; Resi Stiegler, Jessica Kelley, Kaylin Richardson, USA.
DNF 1st: Allison Forsyth, Christina Lustenberger, Kelly Vanderbeek, CAN; Kristina Koznick, Lindsey Kildow, USA.


By Hank McKee

Women’s Giant Slalom, St Moritz, Switzerland, Dec. 22, 2004
Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Maze, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
2 Paerson, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
3 Rienda Contreras, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
4 Putzer, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
5 Poutiainen, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
6 Mancuso, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
7 Dorfmeister, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
8 Ottosson, Dynastar/Lange/Tyrolia
9 Birkelund, Dynastar/Lange/Look
10 Simard, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Women’s Giant Slalom, St Moritz, Switzerland, Dec. 22, 2004. … It is the tenth race of the women’s 32 race (plus 1 combined) World Cup schedule. … It is the third of eight scheduled GS’s. … Race was won by .12 of a second, but only the top four were within a second of the winner. … It is the first women’s World Cup GS held at St Moritz.

It is the second career win for Tina Maze, the other also in GS in the 2002 season opener at Solden. … She now has five podiums to her credit, two of them this season, the other in SG at Altenmarkt 12/11. … Those represent all of Slovenia’s podium placings for the season. … The last Slovene woman to podium was Spela Pretnar 3/10/2000. … Last Slovene woman to win (prior to Maze) was Pretnar 2/12/2000 in slalom at Santa Caterina. … It is the 22nd Slovene win. … The 47th including Yugoslav wins prior to ’98.

It is the 48th career podium for Anja Paerson. … her fourth of the season. … Last was at Aspen where she was second in both the GS 11/26 and the SL 11/27. … She has scored in all 10 races held this season.

It is the fifth career podium for Maria Jose Rienda Contreras. … Her second of the season. … The first in the opener at Solden 10/23 … She has been third in both races she’s scored in this season. … Carolina Ruiz Castillo was the last Spaniard to score a World Cup podium before – or since – Rienda got her first. … Ruiz Castillo’s lone podium came in GS at Sestriere 3/11/2000.

It is the second best career placing for Julia Mancuso. … She has been fifth three times, once in DH (Altenmarkt 3/6/2002), once in combined (Lenzerheide 12/22/02) and once in SG (Altenmarkt 12/11/04). … It is her best career placing in a World Cup GS. … It is the seventh career top 10 for Genevieve Simard. … Her first of the season in four scoring results. … It is the 41st career top 15 for Sarah Schleper. … Her fourth of the season in four scoring races. … It is her first GS score of the season. … It is the third scoring result of Sophie Splawinski’s career and her first of the season. … Her other two came in back-to-back races at Are last February. … It is the 83rd scoring result for Caroline Lalive. … Her fifth of the season in three disciplines. … It is the sixth scoring result of the season for Kirsten Clark. … Her best result of the season is 11th at Lake Louise SG 12/5.

Anja Paerson moves into the World Cup overall standings lead 493-486 over Tanja Poutiainen (finished 5th). Lindsey Kildow (1st run DNF) is the top American in sixth place at 305 … Paerson also controls the GS rankings 260-225 over Poutiainen. … Kristina Koznick (1st run DNF) is the top American in the GS standings in 10th with 57 pts. … Mancuso in is 11th with 56pts. … Austria (six scoring results 7-11-12-17-19-24) leads the Nations Cup 4647-2629 for the U.S. … Austrian women lead 1630-1106 for the U.S.

World Cup

Men’s Slalom
Flachau, Austria
Dec. 22, 2004

1. Giorgio Rocca, ITA 1:34.86
2. Rainer Schoenfelder, AUT 1:35.10
3. Alois Vogl, GER 1:35.17
4. Mitja Dragsic, SLO 1:35.36
5. Mario Matt, AUT 1:35.39
6. Benjamin Raich, AUT 1:36.05
7. Ivica Kostelic, CRO 1:36.08
8. Kurt Engl, AUT 1:36.11
9. Truls Ove Karlsen, NOR 1:36.29
10. Akira Sasaki, JPN 1:36.30
11. Manfred Pranger, AUT 1:36.34
12. Thomas Grandi, CAN 1:36.43
13. Lucas Senoner, ITA 1:36.54
14. Daniel Albrecht, SUI 1:36.71
15. Johan Brolenius, SWE 1:36.73
16. Ryan Semple, CAN 1:36.83
17. Giancarlo Bergamelli, ITA 1:36.85
18. Jure Kosir, SLO 1:36.86
19. Patrick Thaler, ITA 1:36.93
20. Jean-Pierre Vidal, FRA 1:37.21
21. Pierrick Bourgeat, FRA 1:37.27
22. Michael Janyk, CAN 1:37.32
23. Tom Stiansen, NOR 1:37.42
24. Rishu Okada, JPN 1:37.78
25. Michael Walchhofer, AUT 1:37.90
26. Kjetil Jansrud, NOR 1:38.04
27. Aksel Lund Svindal, NOR 1:38.53
other North Americans:
DNF 1st: Erik Schlopy, James Cochran, USA.
DNQ 2nd: Ted Ligety. Chip Knight, Jesse Marshall, Tom Rothrock, Jake Zamansky, Bode Miller, USA; Jean-Philippe Roy, CAN.


By Hank McKee

Men’s Slalom, Flachau, Austria, Dec. 22, 2004
Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Rocca, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2 Schoenfelder, Fischer/Nordica/Fischer
3 Vogl, Volkl/Lange/Salomon
4 Dragsic, Elan//
5 Matt, Fischer/Nordica/Fischer
6 Raich, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
7 Kostelic, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
8 Engl, Head/Lange/Tyrolia
9 Karlsen, Fischer/Nordica/Tyrolia
10 Sasaki, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Men’s Slalom at Flachau, Austria, Dec. 22, 2004. … It is the 15 race of the men’s 35 race (plus 2 combined) World Cup schedule. … It is the third of nine scheduled slaloms. … Top five skiers are within the same second.

It is the fourth World Cup win of Giorgio Rocca’s career, all of them in slalom. … The last was 1/11/04 at Chamonix. … No other Italian has won a slalom since Angelo Weiss 1/9/2000. … Rocca was third in last season’s Flachau slalom bhind Kalle Palander and Manfred Pranger. … It is the first Italian victory of the season, though four different racers have been second.

It is the 15th career World Cup podium for Rainer Schoenfelder, all in slalom. … His second podium of the season, the other a third at Beaver Creek 12/5. … It is the 25th Austrian podium of the season. …

It is the first career World Cup podium for Alois Vogl… His previous best result is 5th at Adelboden GS 1/16/96. … It is the first podium for a German male in slalom since Peter Roth placed 3rd Kranjska Gora 12/19/92. …

It is the 11th best slalom result of Thmas Grandi’s career. … All seven of his scoring results this season have been 13th or better. … It is the second career finish, and the best, for Ryan Semple. … He was also 25th at Beaver Creek’s slalom 12/5. …It is just the second career finish for Michael Janyk as well. … The other a 16th place result in night slalom at Sestriere 12/13/04. … Canadians haven’t had three men score in a World Cup slalom since Scott Henderson, Ron Hebron
and Bob Swan placed 4-5-7 respectively at Franconia 3/12/67.

It is the first race of the season in which the Americans are shut-out of the points.

Rishu Okada is the fourth Japanese racer to score this season. … He started in the 76th bib.

Bode Miller (failed to qualify for a second run) remains the World Cup overall standings leader with 858pts to 546 for Benjamin Raich (finished sixth). … Daron Rahlves (did not race) is the next best American in sixth with 351pts. … Raich leads the slalom standings 190-180 for Rocca. … Miller is the top U.S. skier in fifth with 100pts. … Austria leads the Nations Cup 4874-2629 for the U.S. … Austria leads the men’s standings 3243-1523 for the U.S.

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