Eder Looks to Repeat Ertl Feat
VEYSONNAZ, Switzerland (AP) _ Germany’s Martina Ertl has a clean sweep of this season’s World Cup giant slalom. Austria’s Elfi Eder is aiming for the same in the slalom.
Three days of competition in this Alpine resort were scheduled to conclude with a slalom today, with Eder aiming for her third straight victory in the technical discipline.
Although the jostling at the top of the overall standings is between the powerful Austrian and German squads, the challenge in the slalom may well come from the Slovenian side.
Eder, the younger sister of retired Austrian veteran Sylvia, heads the slalom standings with 200 points after races in Beaver Creek, Colo., and St. Anton, Austria.
Lying second and third with 112 and 110 points are Urska Hrovat and Katja Koren of Slovenia.
Germany’s Ertl also served notice she is aiming for a strong slalom performance to make up for the disappointment last weekend in St. Anton, when she failed to place.
The 22-year-old Bavarian police sergeant was at her best Thursday, mastering steep icy patches to post a clear win in the giant slalom.
She was fastest in both runs with a total time of 2 minutes 00.06 seconds. It was a staggering 1.49 seconds ahead of Italian giant slalom specialist Sabina Panzanini. Austrian veteran Anita Wachter was third in 2:01.79.
``It was not easy because the course was uneven,″ Ertl said of her performance. ``But I’m having such fun in the giant slalom that I’m not surprised I won again.″
It was the sixth career victory for one of Alpine skiing’s brightest young female stars.
She won the previous giant slaloms in Val d’Isere, as well as the opening super-G in Vail, Colo.
Even so, the Austrians secured the top two overall rankings.
With 488 points, Alexandra Meissnitzer retained the lead she seized from Germany’s Katja Seizinger in Wednesday’s super-G.
Thanks to her giant slalom result, Wachter also overtook Seizinger, who slipped and was eliminated in the first heat Thursday.