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Olympics 2010: Schleper 17th at Flachau World Cup

Olympics 2010: Schleper 17th at Flachau World Cup

[ Wed, 2010-01-13 14:54 ]
Sarah Schleper
Lindsey Vonn had a first-run DNF; Austria's Marlies Schild was the winner in night slalom

Vail’s Sarah Schleper continues to look like she means business in the lead-up to what certainly will be her last Olympics, while Lindsey Vonn, feeling better about her injured hand, straddled and skied out midway through the first run in Tuesday’s World Cup slalom, held under the lights at Flachau. Marlies Schild of Austria edged Maria Riesch of Germany for the win, but Vonn remains in the overall points lead by 112 points.

Schelper finished 17th in the first run, built a lead through about the midway point of the second run, scrubbed some speed there and settled for 17th overall for the race. But the points she earned were enough to get her back inside the top 30 on the slalom start list. It was an otherwise uninspiring evening for the U.S. women, with only Schleper qualifying for the second run.


2010 Audi FIS World Cup

Flachau, Austria - Jan. 12, 2010

Women’s Slalom

1. Marlies Schild, Austria, 1:37.89

2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:38.23

3. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 1:38.31

4. Tanja Poutiainen, Finland, 1:38.70

5. Katharina Duerr, Germany, 1:39.23

17. Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 1:41.08

36. Sterling Grant, Amery, WI, 50.90

40. Hailey Duke, Boise, ID, 51.08

50. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 51.87

55. Kaylin Richardson, Edina, MI, 52.49

DNF: Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO


Another Canadian Injured

Tough-luck Canadian squad sends Dixon home with concussion

More bad news ( for the Canadian alpine team as they prepare for their home-soil Olympics, according to Canada’s The Star. Up-and-comer Robbie Dixon, who’s notched four top-10 World Cup finishes this season, returned home Wednesday after sustaining a concussion in a fluke accident off the hill. Dixon, who slipped on ice and hit his head on a hotel door, is expected to recover in time for the games. Already out for the season are world downhill champ John Kucera, Kelly VanderBeek , Francois Bourque and three others. Don’t count the snake-bitten Canucks out yet though. Still ready to ski for their homeland are Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Erik Guay, Emily Brydon and the Janyks—brother Mike and sister Britt.