European skiers shine at Aspen World Cup slalom and Czech Sarka Zahrobska wins

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 29, 2009 11:43 am

It was a clear, cold day in Aspen for the women’s World Cup slalom Winternational, and the European skiers stole the show.

Czech athlete Sarka Zahrobska won by .58 seconds over Austrian Marlies Schild and .77 seconds over Kathrin Zettel, also of Austria. 

Canadian Anna Goodman put down a solid performance and was the top North American, finishing 13th. Goodman arrived to Aspen late, having been stuck at the Calgary airport—with most of her teammates’ bags.

The Americans were no-shows for the second run, as none qualified in the top 30 after the first run. World Cup Champion Lindsey Vonn struggled with the icy conditions, and didn’t finish her first run, and Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso had a relatively slow time, about six seconds off of Zahrobska’s first run. Americans Hailey Duke, Sarah Schleper and Sterling Grant also finished somewhere in the 30′s, but failed to make the cut.

Next week, Vonn and the rest of the speed skiers travel to Lake Louise, for their opening downhill and super G World Cup events.