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:
As the ski world turns its attention this month to the 2001 World Alpine Ski Championships in St. Anton, Austria, we'll see not only a race for titles but an experiment of sorts, a dry run for athletes hoping to peak for the 2002 Olympics.
Former Olympic ski champion Bill Johnson remained in a coma nearly three weeks after a near-fatal racing crash, with a stabilized condition doctors allowed him to be flown to Portland, OR, for the next stage on his rehabilitation and recovery.