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Mendes 13th in super-G

by Staff

Jonna Mendes (South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Heavenly Valley Ski Team) and Scott Macartney (Redmond, Wash./Crystal Mountain Alpine Club) were the top U.S. skiers again Friday in super-G at the World Alpine Junior Championships, although they were unable to duplicate their medal performances of a day earlier.

Racing on a course that had been shortened to 1.65 kilometers, Martina Lechner of Austria made it two straight titles, winning the women’s super G in 1:06.08.

Mendes, a silver medalist Thursday in the downhill, had a time of 1:07.39 to finish 13th, while Tatum Skoglund (Bellevue, Wash./Crystal Mountain Alpine Club) tied for 17th place in 1:07.58.

Freddy Rech pleased the crowd with the first men’s medal of the championships for France. The men raced on a 2.15-km course at Megeve Ski Area and Rech’s time was 1:27.52.

Macartney, a bronze medalist in the downhill Thursday and starting 28th in super-G, was 10th with a time of 1:28.99. Geoff Stephenson (Wilson, Wyo./Jackson Hole Ski Club), starting 25th, finished 14th with a 1:29.33 clocking.

“Another sunny and beautiful day, and we had some mixed results,” said U.S. Development Coach Phil McNichol. “It was a tricky course-set, but, on the whole, the boys all skied well. Scott and Geoff had good, solid results after starting outside the first seed. The girls had a few little mistakes, but Jonna and Tatum were going for the podium, which is the kind of aggressive skiing we like to see.”

Mendes, the Nor Am super-G leader who was 17th in the Olympic downhill two weeks ago, earned the silver medal in the downhill on Thursday in 1:24.67.

“The Olympics gave me a lot of confidence,” Mendes said. “We raced today on the same course as the guys, so it was a little rough but not any great problem. And with the nice weather, it couldn’t have been any better.

“I definitely came here looking for a medal. “I’ve been skiing well and I wanted to win the gold.”

Stefanie Wolf, 18, a German World Cup racer, took the women’s slalom title in 1:26.48 Saturday. Sarah Schleper of Vail, Colo., led the American women, placing seventh. Mendes was 43rd.

In the men’s GS in St. Gervais, Benjamin Raich made it four gold medals for Austria at the World Juniors as he led a 1-2 Austrian sweep.

The championships were supposed to end on Sunday with the women racing in GS and the men in slalom. Results weren’t available at press time.

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