Mendes 12th in junior world championship GS
PRA LOUP, France – Jonna Mendes of South Lake Tahoe finished 12th in the giant slalom at the World Alpine Junior Championships Wednesday.
Mendes’ time was 1:57.70, leaving her nearly 4 seconds behind winner Denise Karbon of Italy.
Mendes’ U.S. teammate Caroline Lalive of Steamboat Springs, Colo., finished fourth, missing a medal by .14.
Karbon had the fastest second run by a full second to claim
the gold medal with a two-run time of 1:53.82. Austrian Silvia Berger was
runnerup in 1:54.55 and Tanja Poutiainen of Finland took the bronze
Defending champion Anja Paerson of Sweden, a World Cup slalom
winner this season at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., skied out on her second run.
Lalive’s time was 1:55.14 with Jonna Mendes (S. Lake Tahoe, CA/Heavenly) in
12th place and Hilary McCloy (Campton, NH/Waterville Valley) 29th in the
field of 80. After two events – women’s slalom and GS, Lalive, who was 11th
in slalom, is in fourth place for the combined tally.
In the men’s downhill, Austrians swept the top four places, led byu Klaus
Kroell with a time of 1:08.50. Marco Sullivan (Tahoe City, CA; Heavenly) had
the top U.S. result, finishing 12th in 1:09.35 with Geoff Stephenson
(Wilson, WY; Jackson Hole Ski Team) 23rd in the field of 76.
WORLD ALPINE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Pra Loup, FRA – March 10 Women’s GS 1.
Denise Karbon, Italy, 1:53.82 2. Silvia Berger, Austria, 1:54.55 3. Tanja
Poutiainen, Finland, 1:55.00 4. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
(SSWSC), 1:55.14 5. Lucie Hrstkova, Czech Republic, 1:55.27 – 12. Jonna
Mendes, S. Lake Tahoe, Calif., 1:57.70 29. Hilary McCloy, Bethel, Maine,
(Waterville Valley), 2:01.21 DNF-1: Megan Ganong (Olympic Valley, CA; Squaw
Valley) — Men’s DH 1. Klaus Kroell, Austria, 1:08.50 2. Kurt Engl, Austria,
1:08.64 3. Thomas Graggaber, Austria, 1:08.65 4. Manfred Gstatter, Austria,
1:08.71 5. Flori Eckert, Germany, 1:08.78 – 12. Marco Sullivan, Tahoe City,
Calif. (Heavenly SEF), 1:09.35 23. Geoff Stephenson, Wilson, Wyo. (Jackson
Hole Ski Team) 1:09.77 32. Brad Hogan, Holmes, N.Y. (Stratton Mountain
School) 1:10.28 43. Chad McConathy, Vail, Colo., 1:10.73 44T Mathew
Beardsley, Breckenridge, Colo., (Team Breck), 1:10.78 65. Tyler Shepherd,
Cottage Grove, Minn. (Ski Club Vail), 1:13.11
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