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Skiing - 10. December 2007.

Stiegler 8th, Four U.S. in Aspen SL Top 30


ASPEN, Colo. (Dec. 9) - Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished eighth Sunday in a World Cup slalom, leading four Americans into the top 30 as the Audi Aspen Winternational concluded.WCSN.com webcast the second run live and will have a second webcast tonight at 9 ET - of Saturday's downhill.

Defending World Cup overall champion Nicole Hosp of Austria benefited when first-run leader Tanja Poutiainen of Finland ran into problems on her second run. Hosp's time was 1:34.60 with Poutiainen second in 1:35.39.


Stiegler, ninth in the first run, had a two-run time of 1:37.07 with Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) 19th in 1:38.41. After hiking gates, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was 27th and Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN) 28th.

Aspen was hit by about three feet of snow from Thursday night into Saturday morning, forcing a one-day postponement of Friday's downhill, the first women's DH in Aspen since 1988. Sunday, the slalom - held in sunshine and 30-degree weather - completed the weekend.

"When you get as much snow as Aspen got this week, it's really difficult to have a clean run. They did an awesome job preparing the course, and the second run was better than the first. It still got a little chunky on us, but it good to be able to race," said Stiegler, who produced her third top-10 of the season.


The two courses "were pretty straight forward. They were good courses to all out on, and if you weren't charging on the bottom you could lose a lot of time," she said.

The next World Cup races for the women are a downhill and super G next weekend in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Audi Aspen Winternational
Aspen, CO - Dec. 9, 2007
Women's Slalom

1. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:34.60
2. Tanja Poutiainen, Finland, 1:35.39
3. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 1:35.94
4. Therese Borssen, Sweden, 1:36.36
5. Sarka Zahrobska, Czech Republic, 1:36.52
8. Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, WY, 1:37.07
19. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:38
27. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:43.31
28. Kaylin Richardson, Edina, MN, 1:56.89
Did not qualify for 2nd run:
Hailey Duke, Boise, ID

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