Florence Masnada of France recorded her first World Cup vic
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) _ Florence Masnada of France recorded her first World Cup victory today, clinching a women’s super giant slalom with a flawless run on the tough course where Ulrike Maier was killed one year ago.
Masnada, a late starter with No. 30, prevented a 1-2 American finish. Picabo Street was second and Shannon Nobis placed third, scoring the best World Cup result of her career.
Maier, a two-time world champion from Austria, was killed in a crash during a downhill last Jan. 29.
Today’s race was stopped for a minute of silence when number 32 came up, the bib Maier was wearing when she broke her neck in a horrifying crash on the same Kandahar course.
No skier wore No. 32 in the event.
Masnada, 26, finished second in a downhill Dec. 10 in Lake Louise, Canada. She also finished second in a slalom in Morzine, France, in 1990, and won the bronze medal in the combined at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.
Masnada stayed on a line close to the gates and posted a time of 1 minute, 25.92 seconds.
Street, the Olympic downhill silver medalist, clocked 1:25.96, while Nobis finished in 1:25.99.
Until this season, Nobis, 22, had never finished better than 13th. But she was sixth in a Super-G in Vail, Colo. on Dec. 3.
Street, 23, led a 1-2 U.S. finish in a downhill Dec. 9 in Lake Louise, when she beat Hilary Lindh.
The American team is now coached by Herwig Demschar, who quit the Austrian team after Maier’s death.
Heidi Zeller-Baehler of Switzerland finished 11th and retained her lead in overall World Cup standings, while Katja Seizinger of Germany increased her lead in the Super-G standings by finishing fifth.
Andrine Flemmen of Norway finished fourth at 1:26.10, after starting 40th.