The US Women's Downhill Team has been following snow around the world this summer, first in Chile and now in Switzerland and Austria. They are finding great conditions and excellent pre-season training for the 2000-2001 season.
Italy's Isolde Kostner held off a sizzling charge from unheralded American Alison Powers in a World Cup downhill Thursday and went on to win by two-hundredths of a second. Kirsten Clark popped the best result of her career, finishing ninth, .32 out.
Former two-time World Cup downhill champion Picabo Street nailed the bottom section Thursday and hung-up her best World Cup result since 1998, finishing sixth in the opening DH of the season. She led three other teammates into the top 20.