Olympian Nolan Kasper banked close to $5,500 on Friday after throwing down the fastest run of the nations team event with a lightning 19.01 semifinal heat. The entire team gave it their all, but despite Julia Mancuso winning all of her heats and strong performances by Tim Jitloff and Resi Stiegler the U.S team only finished fourth with Austria taking the top spot. Switzerland’s team took second and Sweden came in third.
“It was a fun event, it was a little inconsistent for me, but I’m psyched that I got a fast run in there,” said Kasper.
Julia Mancuso had an amazing performance that won the parallel slalom World Cup posting the second fastest run among the women and ended up winning all of her heats.
Mancuso spoke of the day’s event, saying, “This event is always difficult, but it’s fun. It’s hard to tell who wins because it could go both ways and I think it should be more about who wins by more and not who has the fastest time. There’s always a faster course in things like this.”
Resi Stiegler suffered yet another injury after crashing during the finals. She tweaked her left knee and unfortunately will be sidelined for the upcoming World Cup Finals.
Stiegler is no stranger to injuries having just returned to competition earlier this season from a long bout of physical rehab. The entire team felt the sting from the news.
“It’s a bummer that we had a teammate go out today. Resi (Stiegler) was skiing really strong coming into the Finals and it would have been exciting to see her ski tomorrow’s slalom,” said Nolan Kasper. Mancuso corroborated Nolan’s sentiments, saying, “There’s always a risk in ski racing and it’s really unfortunate when injuries happen in an event that is supposed to be fun. It’s especially hard to see it happen to Resi (Stiegler).”
World Cup Finals continue Saturday with women’s slalom and the men’s giant slalom.