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Schlep-Koz Go 14-15 in Cortina GS

Cortina D' Ampezzo, Italy, Jan. 27, 2002 -- Norwegian Stina Hofgard Nilsen tore through the second run to overtake teammate Andrine Flemmen for her first World Cup victory Sunday, while Americans Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) and Kristina Koznick (Burnsville, MN) finished 14-15 in the final women's World Cup race for the U.S. The U.S. Olympic Alpine Team will be announced Monday.

Outdoor Life will televise coverage of the GS Thursday at 8 p.m. EST.

Nilsen had the second-fastest second run to win in 2:44.37 while Flemmen led the first run but had problems in her final run, dropping to second, six-tenths back.

Schleper was 14th with a time of 2:46.54 with Koznick 15th in 2:46.58.

The women's side of the Cafe de Colombia World Cup moves on to Are, Sweden for the final pre-Olympic races. There will be a giant slalom, downhill, slalom and a combined calculation starting Thursday.


Cortina, ITA - Jan. 27

Women's GS
1. Stina Hofgard Nilsen, Norway, 2:44.37
2. Andrine Flemmen, Norway, 2:44.97
3. Karen Putzer, Italy, 2:45.28
4. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 2:45.36
5. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 2:45.44
14. Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 2:46.54
15. Kristina Koznick, Burnsville, MN, 2:46.58
DNF-1: Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME
DNF-1: Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, CO
Did not qualify for 2nd run: Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA

Women's Overall
1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 826
2. Hilde Gerg, Germany, 707
(tie) Renate Goetschl, Austria, 707
4. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 699
5. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 644
7. Kristina Koznick, Burnsville, MN, 483
19. Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 320
26. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME, 263
27. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, 239
43. Picabo Street, Park City, UT, 136
59. Jonna Mendes, 83
71. Katie Monahan, Aspen, CO, 62
86. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA 33
93. Lindsey C. Kildow, Vail, CO, 19

Women's GS
1. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 414
2. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 354
3. Andrine Flemmen, Norway, 335
4. Stina Hofgard Nilsen, Norway, 330
5. Allison Forsyth, Canada, 261
18. Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 98
24. Kristina Koznick, Burnsville, MN, 65
31. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME, 47

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