Kirsten Clark of the United States led after the downhill leg of the women's combined event at the world championship Friday, with favorite Janica Kostelic in good position to grab the gold medal after the two slalom runs.
St. ANTON, Austria (Jan. 29) - Pre-race favorite Regine Cavagnoud of France opened the 2001 World Alpine Ski Championships in sizzling fashion Monday, winning the gold medal in super G by .05 over Italian Isolde Kostner with Megan Gerety (Anchorage, AK) f
Gerety, coming back from leg problems a year ago, was fourth in 1:23.59, a tenth of a second ahead of another Frenchwoman, Carole Montillet. Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) was ninth with a time of 1:23.86 and Jonna Mendes (Heavenly, CA) tied for 18th in 1:
Megan Gerety led all three US women into the top-15, finishing 6th in a World Cup SG at Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Feb. 25. Isolde Kostner of Italy won the race- barely nipping Austria's Renate Goetschl.