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World Cup season to open in Austria

Daron Rahlves of Truckee is among 10 U.S. Ski Team members who will open the World Cup season this weekend in Soelden, Austria.

Giant slalom races are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on a glacier near the mountain village of Soelden.

Only Sarah Schleper of Vail, Colo., and Kirsten Clark will represent the U.S. in Saturday’s women’s GS. Former Truckee resident Caroline Lalive of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Kristina Koznick of Burnsville, Minn., were scratched because of injuries.



Jonna Mendes of South Lake Tahoe was in contention for one of the GS spots during preseason training. Most of Mendes’ World Cup experience has been in the downhill and super-G.

Bode Miller, who won a World Cup GS last season in addition to silver medals at the Winter Games in Salt Lake City, will lead the U.S. men’s team in their GS opener Sunday.




Other Americans expected to race are Erik Schlopy of Park City, Utah; Thoms Vonn of Newburgh, N.Y., the reigning U.S. giant slalom champion; Dane Spencer of Boise, Idaho; Chip Knight of Stowe, Vt.; Tom Rothrock of Cashmere, Wash.; and rookie Jake Zamansky of Carbondale, Colo., the Ski Racing Junior Alpine Racer of the Year for the 2001 season.

Reports out of Austria indicate that Olympic and World Cup champion Hermann Maier, who missed all of last season following motorcycle accident, not only will miss the Soelden race but apparently will not be in North America in late November as he recover from his latest setback.

After Soelden, the circuit will take a three-week break before the World Cup season resumes Nov. 21-24 with the annual Chevy Truck America’s Opening slalom and GS for men and women at Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort. After that, the women run super-G and slalom at the Chevy Truck Aspen Winternational Nov. 29-30 in Colorado and the men race downhill/super-G Dec. 7-8 at the Chevy Truck Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek, Colo.


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