Dorfmeister gives Austrian women first win

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2000

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria took a World Cup super-G Friday on Aspen Mountain, but Alaska's Megan Gerety made a strong showing after missing two of the last three seasons with knee problems.

Gerety's first-intermediate time was only .36 seconds behind Dorfmeister, but the Anchorage skier then went wide of a gate and did not finish.

After wins by German, Swiss and Croatian women in the first three races of the season, Dorfmeister put Austria in the victory column with a winning margin of .29 seconds over Regine Cavagnoud of France.

The 27-year-old Dorfmeister flashed across in 1 minute, 21.01 seconds, making up time on the bottom third of the course after having slightly slower times than Cavagnoud at the first two intermediate clockings.

Dorfmeister, second in last season's overall standings and winner of the giant-slalom title, posted her eighth career victory in 10 seasons on the World Cup circuit. She won one super-G and four giant slaloms last season.

In a season-opening GS in Austria last month, she placed seventh, then came in fourth in a GS at Park City, Utah, last week.

''I had no big mistakes,'' Dorfmeister said. ''If you're fast, you can make small mistakes on this course.''

Cavagnoud finished in 1:21.30, followed closely by Switzerland's Corinne Rey Bellet in 1:21.31.

Germany's Martina Ertl, the current overall standings leader, came in fourth in 1:21.44.

Frenchwomen Carole Montillet and Melanie Suchet wound up fifth and sixth, respectively, in 1:21.51 and 1:21.57.

Canadian Emily Brydon came out of the third seed to place ninth in 1:21.99.

The top American was Jonna Mendes of Heavenly, Calif. Mendes tied for 13th in 1:22.23. Caroline Lalive of Steamboat Springs, Colo., finished 19th in 1:22.91.

American star Picabo Street, sidelined the last two years because of knee and leg injuries, had been expected to make her season debut here, but she underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee 10 days ago, delaying her return.

Canada's Melanie Turgeon, second in the super-G standings last season, nearly fell and wiped out a gate halfway down the course, failing to finish.

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