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.
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.