American women to make stop in Aspen Paul Robbins Special to the Record
ASPEN, Colo. – The alpine women’s tour makes its lone visit to the USA this weekend in this onetime silver mining town with three days of racing that, in many ways, form a mini-Olympics for the ladies.
The Sirius Satellite Radio Aspen Winternational – which is believed to hold the record for longest name of a World Cup event, at least in this country – starts Friday with the women’s super-G, follows Saturday with a giant slalom, the second of the season, and concludes Sunday with the first slalom of the young winter.
Outdoor Life Network will have coverage Sunday at 3 p.m. MT as part of its weekly alpine World Cup coverage.
U.S. women, coming off a solid weekend at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, are looking for solid results. Five Americans broke into the top 15 in Sunday’s super-G at Lake Louise, and the U.S. Ski Team has great depth in GS, led by Park City Winter Sports School grad Julia Mancuso, GS bronze medal-winner at the 2005 World Championships.
Slalom may be a little problematic with Sarah Schleper recuperating from back surgery while Resi Stiegler, another Winter Sports School alumna, is nursing a severe shin bruise suffered in late October and has just returned to free skiing. Neither is in Aspen.
A couple of U.S. women will be making their World Cup debut in the slalom – U.S. C Team member Jenni Lathrop, who took from Colby College (and her twin sister, Abbi) and unheralded Sterling Grant, an 18-year-old from Wisconsin and the renowned gate-running program at Buck Hill in the Twin Cities.
"We’ve been training well," said SL/GS Head Coach Trevor Wagner. "We’re ready to race, though."
After the Winternational, the women return to Europe with a downhill and super-G Dec. 18-19 in Val d’Isere, France.
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