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Skiing - 26. October 2008.

Austrian's Zettel wins opening ladies world cup giant slalom


 

SÖLDEN, AUT Austria’s Kathrin Zettel captured the third World Cup giant slalom victory of her career Saturday, winning the opening GS of the season in Sölden, AUT by nearly a full second.

 

Zettel won in a two run combined time two minutes 22.99 seconds followed by Tanja Poutiainen of Finland and Austria’s Andrea Fischbacher.

 

No Canadians qualified for the second run. Marie-Pier Préfontaine (St-Sauveur, QC) finished the first run in 1:13.38s to place 43rd, 0.87s off from the qualifying time. Geneviève Simard (Val-Morin, QC) was 45th in the opening run while Emilie Desforges (Montréal, QC) placed 46th.

 

“We would have liked to have seen them in the second run obviously but unfortunately they seemed a little nervous today and didn’t perform like they have been in training,” said Ladies Team Director Patrick Riml.

 

“I think Gen was especially nervous with her first race coming back from the injury, so it’s not the result we expected or wanted but now we just have to focus on the next GS in Aspen,” Riml added. The next Ladies World Cup giant slalom takes place in Aspen, USA on Nov. 29th.

 

The men will race a giant slalom in Sölden, AUT tomorrow. There will be seven Canadians involved in that race led by John Kucera (Calgary, AB), who had three top 10 finishes in GS last season.

 

The World Cup circuit will then head to Levi, FIN for Men’s and Ladies slalom races Nov. 15th and 16th.

 

The World Cup speed season opens in late November with the Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart. Men’s races get things started with a downhill and super G Nov. 29th and 30th followed by Ladies downhill races on Dec. 5th and 6th and super G Dec. 7th.

 

SÖLDEN, AUT – OCT. 25TH, 2008 – GIANT SLALOM - LADIES

 1

 7

ZETTEL Kathrin 

AUT 

 1:09.98

 1:13.01

 2:22.99

 2

 6

POUTIAINEN Tanja 

FIN 

 1:09.83

 1:14.14

 2:23.97

 3

 26

FISCHBACHER Andrea 

AUT 

 1:10.71

 1:13.76

 2:24.47

 4

 4

KARBON Denise 

ITA 

 1:10.47

 1:14.03

 2:24.50

 5

 37

GUT Lara 

SUI 

 1:10.65

 1:13.88

 2:24.53

 6

 9

PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 

SWE 

 1:10.93

 1:13.63

 2:24.56

 7

 10

PAERSON Anja 

SWE 

 1:10.78

 1:13.79

 2:24.57

 8

 12

HOELZL Kathrin 

GER 

 1:11.14

 1:13.70

 2:24.84

 9

 14

VONN Lindsey 

USA 

 1:11.13

 1:14.03

 2:25.16

 10

 27

ALCOTT Chemmy 

GBR 

 1:12.40

 1:13.01

 2:25.41

 

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