Alois Vogl became the first German man to win a World Cup slalom event since 1990, prevailing on perhaps the circuit's toughest course yesterday after Italian skier Giorgio Rocca...
WENGEN, Switzerland — Alois Vogl became the first German man to win a World Cup slalom event since 1990, prevailing on perhaps the circuit’s toughest course yesterday after Italian skier Giorgio Rocca was disqualified for straddling a gate.
Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., the overall World Cup leader, skied out in the second leg on the famed Lauberhorn hill. He was ninth in the opening leg.
Tom Rothrock of Cashmere was 12th, the best finish by an American skier. Paul McDonald of Bellevue didn’t finish the first run.
Vogl, who has been on the World Cup circuit more than a decade, was fourth after the first leg but produced a flawless second run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 35.38 seconds.
“This will take some time to sink in,” he said. “It’s been a long time that I’ve been trying to win.”
Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic, struggling with a knee injury from last season, was second in 1:35.59, his first top-three finish since a victory in December 2003.
“After fighting pain in my knee for so long, I was praying, wishing, my knee would be fine,” he said.
Initially, Vogl was certain he had finished second and began rejoicing. Then replays on the big screen showed Rocca had straddled a gate. The Italian was immediately disqualified, but Vogl remained unaware he had won until he was informed by Kostelic, his friend and training partner.
The last German man to win a World Cup slalom was Peter Roth, in New Zealand.
Miller leads the overall rankings with 1,048 points. Benjamin Raich of Austria is second at 850.
Dorfmeister prevails as error costs Kildow
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — Lindsey Kildow of Vail, Colo., was in tears after her worst World Cup downhill result of the season dropped her from second to third in the discipline standings with two downhills remaining this season.
After finishing second, third and fourth in World Cup races to show she is a contender for the upcoming world championships, Kildow made a big error midway through her downhill run and finished 18th.
“I don’t want to seem like I’m ungrateful, but it’s a hard one to take. I’ve been skiing so well and I know I could have won today,” said Kildow, the only skier faster than winner Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria at each of the first two checkpoints before miscalculating a turn.
“I almost crashed,” Kildow said, crying. “Right now it’s depressing.”
Austria’s Renate Goetschl, who finished second, leads the downhill standings with 435 points. She passed Croatia’s Janica Kostelic to take the overall World Cup lead, 798 points to 789.
Dorfmeister finished in 1 minute, 36.62 seconds.
Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley, Calif., was eighth, the best finish by an American.
• Seth Westcott of Farmington, Maine, and Lindsey Jacobellis of Stratton, Vt., won their first cross titles at the World Snowboard Championships in Whistler, B.C.
• In freestyle, Jeret Peterson of Boise, Idaho, won a men’s World Cup aerials event, and China’s Nina Li earned the women’s title in Lake Placid, N.Y.
• China was denied its first biathlon World Cup victory when Liu Xianying fell shortly before the finish in the 10-kilometer pursuit in Ruhpolding, Germany. Russia’s Olga Pyleva won.
Norway’s Ole Einar Bjorndalen took the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit.
• Norwegian skiers swept World Cup cross-country sprints, as Johan Kjoelstad took the men’s event and Marit Bjoergen won the women’s final in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
• Olympic champion Sylke Otto led Germany to a sweep of the top four places in a World Cup women’s luge race in Igls, Austria.
• Italy’s Fabio Carta and Russia’s Tatiana Borodulina won overall titles at the European short-track speedskating championships in Turin, Italy.