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Schleper takes seventh in season finale

Daily Staff Report

The men finished third and the women were fourth while Italians won both races. Giorgio Rocca won the men’s slalom and Karen Putzer took the final women’s giant slalom.

Outdoor Life Network will broadcast same-day coverage of the last day of World Cup racing Sunday at 3 p.m. MST and its final World Cup highlights show is Thursday night at 5 MST with a repeat at 8 p.m. MST.

And there will be some local flavor to these broadcasts as Sarah Schlepper finished the season with a seventh-place finish in the GS, her best of the season in that discipline.

Putzer led the first run and won by more than a second with a time of 2 minutes, 27.55 seconds, but Sweden’s Anja Paerson was fifth and claimed the women’s GS title by one point over the Italian.

Schleper had the fourth-fastest second run and finished seventh in 2:29.70. with Kirsten Clark of Raymond, Maine, finishing 14th in 2:31.07 as she stayed in the top 10 for the season, the best U.S. women’s showing since Picabo Street was sixth in 1996 in winning her second-consecutive downhill title.

Schleper liked the hard snow and she also changed her recent game plan.

“The first run I didn’t try to ski out of myself,” she said. “I’ve been doing that and going out. So I didn’t want to risk everything, and I did that on the second run, too.

“It’s probably not the best approach but it worked for today. I’m glad the season’s over. It’s been tough to get motivated these last days.”

Schleper and the rest of the U.S. team aren’t done. Everybody’s off to Lake Placid, N.Y., for the Chevy Truck U.S. Alpine Championships, which open Thursday with downhills at Whiteface Mountain, the 1980 Olympic alpine venue.


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