Bormio, Italy, Mar. 16--Hermann Maier of Austria made history againThursday, winning the World Cup Finals super G by the greatest SG marginin World Cup history and reaching the 2,000 mark in World Cup points.The U.S. Ski Team's Daron Rahlves (Truckee, CA) was a credible sixthdespite losing a pole about a third into the race.
Outdoor Life Network will broadcast coverage of the race tonight at 8EST.
Maier won in 1:40.98 with teammate Fritz Strobl nearly two seconds backin second place (1:41.99). Austrians Andreas Schifferer and Werner Franztied for third. Rahlves was sixth in 1:42.17 - just .11 off the podium.
"It was so awkward skiing without a pole," said Rahlves. "It's amazinghow important it is, especially at high speeds. I just tried to stay alittle bit around the line. I'm really surprised at how well I did."
And well he did! Rahlves, starting 13th, was coming off a slight bobblejust out of the start when he slammed a right turn gate hard with hishand and wrist - literally shearing the pole out of his hand. He camedown in fifth, dropping one spot when Strobl came down 20th to bump himone spot down.
Despite losing a clear podium opportunity, Rahlves was relativelyunfazed. "It's definitely a new game for me (since his wins inLillehammer)," said Rahlves. "I have a lot more confidence and I feeleven more respect from the other skiers. It was really evident to me atthe giant slalom in Hinterstoder. When I got into the gate I didn'texpect anything less than getting a second run - it wasn't even a factorfor me! I really feel like I belong here."
Maier, after finishing second in the opening downhill a day earlier,completely blew away the field - posting a nearly two-second margin overthen leader Franz.
Rahlves will be back in action Saturday in the men's giant slalom,before heading home for a one break prior to the Chevy Truck U.S. AlpineChampionships in Jackson Hole, WY.
CAFE de COLOMBIA World Cup Finals
Bormio, ITA - March 16
Men's Super G
1. Hermann Maier, Austria, 1:40.98
2. Fritz Strobl, Austria, 1:41.99
3. (tie) Werner Franz and Andreas Schifferer, both Austria, 1:42.06 each
5. Fredrik Nyberg, Sweden, 1:42.09
6. Daron Rahlves, Truckee, Calif., 1:42.17
7. Hannes Trinkl, Austria, 1:42.20
8. Peter Runggaldier, Italy, 1:42.24
9. Hans Knauss, Austria, 1:42.45
10. Christian Mayer, Austria, 1:42.53
Cafe de Colombia Alpine World Cup
Overall Standings (2 races left)
1. Hermann Maier, Austria - 2,000 points
2. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway - 1,400
3. Josef Strobl, Austria, 994
4. Kristian Ghedina, Italy, 958
5. Fritz Strobl, Austria, 889
6. Stephan Eberharter, Austria, 884
7. Andreas Schifferer, Austria, 881
8. Werner Franz, Austria, 762
9. Fredrik Nyberg, Sweden, 729
10. Christian Mayer, Austria, 722
11. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 670
12. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 608
13. Hannes Trinkl, Austria, 587
14. Paul Accola, Switzerland, 525
15. Michael Von Gruenigen, Switzerland, 505
18. Daron Rahlves, Truckee, Calif., 462
76. Erik Schlopy, Park City, Utah, 70
87. Chad Fleischer, Vail, Colo., 51
90. Bode Miller, Franconia, N.H., 47
91. Sacha Gros, Vail, Colo., 41
99. Chris Puckett, Boulder, Colo., 32
100. Dane Spencer, Boise, Idaho, 30
108. (tie) Thomas Vonn, Newburgh, N.Y., and Casey Puckett, CrestedButte, Colo., 25
129. Jakub Fiala, Breckenridge, Colo., 4.
Men's Super-G (Final - 11 races)
1. Maier, 540 points
2. Franz, 371
3. F. Strobl, 354
4. J. Srobl, Austria, 305
5. Schifferer, 294
6. Nyberg, 272
7. Eberharter, 246
8. Ghedina, 216
9. Cuche, 214
10. Rahlves, 183
33. Casey Puckett, 25
44. Miller, 8
48. Fleischer, 5
52. Fiala, 4