Austrians Dominate Slalom and Combined Events
ST. ANTON, Austria (AP) _ A big weekend for the Austrian women ended Sunday when Elfi Eder won the slalom and teammate Anita Wachter claimed the combined, giving their team three World Cup victories in two days.
Eder, an Olympic silver medalist, completed the two runs with a combined time of 1 minute, 40.95 seconds, collecting her second slalom victory of the season.
Michaela Dorfmeister won the downhill Saturday as Austrians took the first two spots and tied for the third with American Picabo Street.
``We had such good training in the fall and the entire team has improved so much,″ she said. ``These victories have given us all a lot of confidence.
``The conditions were very difficult today. I had really good rhythm in the first run but it is my equipment which really helped me out in the second.″
Slovenian skiers occupied the other two spots on the podium following the slalom. Urska Hrovat finished second in 1:41.80 and Katja Koren third in 1:42.39.
Wachter, 17th in Saturday’s downhill, finished 12th in the slalom, giving her the victory in the combined event with a total time of 3:23.33.
It was her 13th World Cup career victory, and second in the combined.
Second in the overall was Ingeborg Helen Marken of Norway, at 3:24.26. Germany’s Hilde Gerg was third at 3:24.43.
Street finished sixth among the nine combined skiers to complete the slalom. She placed fifth overall, with a total time of 3:25.05.