Europeans continue reign at Winternational

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenNovember 27, 2010
The Europeans continued their women's World Cup skiing domination in Aspen on Saturday.

Tessa Worley of France placed first with a time of 2:06.81, barely edging out Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany who finished a hundredth of a second behind. A hundredth of a second is also all that separated Rebensburg from teammate, Kathrin Holzl, who came in third with a time of 2:06.83.

Despite the sunny, blue skies above the giant slalom course, a figurative black cloud hung over the Americans on Aspen Mountain where the U.S. women miss the World Cup podium year after year.

Julia Mancuso delivered the best showing. The giant slalom gold medalist at the 2006 Winter Olympics was in second place after the first run, trailing Rebensburg by just three hundredths of a second. But she lost time on the bottom half of the course in the second run, looking tentative around the gates.

“She didn't attack much down below,” noted former U.S. Ski Team coach Bob Beattie of Woody Creek.

Mancuso's official result was eighth place at today's Aspen Winternational.

Vail superstar Lindsey Vonn didn't even get a chance in the final. She skied off course at the top of her first run this morning. She will get a chance to redeem herself Sunday in the slalom race at Aspen.

Sarah Schleper, who was born in Glenwood Springs and lives in Vail, finished eighteenth.

Like Vonn, American Leanne Smith failed to finish the first run.

American races Megan McJames and Laurenne Ross did not qualify for the final run.

The win was a bit of déjà vu for Worley. She won the giant slalom in Aspen two years ago.

"I was thinking a little bit about 2008," Worley told Real Aspen in an interview after the final. "But all of the races are different and special. This one was really tough. I'm happy I won."


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