World Cup notes: Women’s Slalom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 4, 2011 6:55 am

Women’s Slalom
Arber-Zwiesel, Germany – Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
Featured athletes: Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Resi Stiegler
Top Storylines

    * Lindsey Vonn was prepared to race, yet opted to rest after not feeling confident following warm-up
    *  Vonn suffered a mild concussion while training giant slalom Wednesday
    * The World Cup overall lead did not change as Germany’s Maria Riesch failed to finish the first run
    * Julia Mancuso took a planned break in favor of training in Reiteralm, Austria
    *  Resi Stiegler struggled through thick fog to finish 20th
    *  The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships open Feb. 8 with women’s super G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

ARBER-ZWIESEL, Germany (Feb. 4) Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) opted to take Friday’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom off prior to Tuesday’s World Championship opening super G. Vonn prepared to race, however didn’t feel confident following her warm-up routine, while Mancuso had planned to miss the race. Both will be on the start list for Saturday’s giant slalom. Austrian Marlies Schild won her fifth slalom of the season and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished 20th as 10 racers went out in thick fog.
Audi FIS Alpine World Cup
Arber-Zwiesel, Germany – Feb. 4, 2011
1. Marlies Schild, Austria, 1:55.19
2. Veronika Zuzulova, Slovakia, 1:55.87
3. Tanja Poutiainen, Finland, 1:56.97
20. Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, WY, 2:02.92
Did not start
Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO

Did not qualify first run
Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO), Megan McJames (Park City, UT), Hailey Duke (Boise, ID)
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Lindsey Vonn
“I got up this morning prepared to race, but after a few warm-up runs, I wasn’t feeling confident on my skis.”
“Normally I can fight through injuries, but head injuries are different. You can’t just grit your teeth and go. I’ll go through my normal routine tomorrow morning in Zwiesel and if things feel more normal, I’m hoping to start the giant slalom.”
Julia Mancuso
“I was originally planning to run the slalom, but changed my plan after Sestriere in favor of some more giant slalom training prior to World Championships.”
“The training in Reiteralm was awesome. One day I had the entire place to myself and they gave me a snowmobile so I could make quicker laps. Hopefully the extra training pays off in tomorrow’s giant slalom and also next week at World Champs.”
Trevor Wagner – Technical Head Coach
“It was pretty gnarly up there. Visibility was definitely not easy at the top.”
“Resi had an incredible first run and was skiing exactly like she has been in training. It was really good to see. Second run, she just was pushing too hard for those conditions and went too straight at the top, then couldn’t get back into here rhythm.”
“They’re calling for less fog tomorrow, but a lot more wind. Hopefully we’ll be able to race. It’s been a long time since our last giant slalom and we’ve had a lot of great training.”

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