Skiing Roundup: Dartmouth Grad Wins Austria XC; Worley a GS Victor

  • United States' Mikaela Shiffrin checks her time after the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)

  • United States' Mikaela Shiffrin speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Seefeld, Austria — Dartmouth College graduate Sophie Caldwell tuned up for next month’s Olympics by sharing the victory in the freestyle sprint test event for next year’s FIS World Championship in Austria on Saturday.

Caldwell, named to the 20-athlete roster for Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday by U.S. Ski and Snowboard, battled to a tie with Switzerland’s Laurien van der Graaf at the line for the final 1.1-kilometer race. Caldwell had qualified fourth for the final in her heat, .08 seconds off the winning pace, and found herself in a battle with Norway’s Maiken Kaspersen Falla. As the race reached the finish, van der Graaf caught Caldwell for a tie with which a photo finish couldn’t separate.

It was Caldwell’s fifth career individual podium and her second sprint win, the other coming in classic.

Worley Wins GS; Shiffrin Seventh

Lenzerheide, Switzerland — Frances’ Tessa Worley had perfect timing to win her first World Cup race of the season on Saturday in the final giant slalom before the Pyeongchang Olympics.

World champion Worley survived a tricky passage through the steep first three gates of her second run to hold off Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg by 0.07 seconds. Unheralded Slovenian 19-year-old Meta Hrovat placed third, 1.45 behind Worley.

Former Lyme resident Mikaela Shiffrin, the World Cup overall leader, placed seventh, almost two seconds back.

Feuz Claims Downhill

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — Beat Feuz won the last men’s World Cup downhill race before the Olympics to underline his status as a gold-medal favorite on Saturday.

The world champion, second in Kitzbuehel, Austria, last week, completed the 2-mile Kandahar course in 1 minute, 55.39 seconds, beating both Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr and Italy’s Dominik Paris by 0.18 seconds.

It was the third win of the season for Feuz, his 15th overall, and it ensured the Swiss took the lead in the downhill standings from Aksel Lund Svindal. Feuz, who was 10 points behind the Norwegian, now leads him by 40.

Svindal’s wait for a podium finish in Garmisch-Partenkirchen continues after placing fourth in his eighth race on the Kandahar course, 0.28 behind Feuz.

Home favorite Thomas Dressen, who ended Germany’s 13-year wait for a men’s downhill win in Kitzbuehel, finished 0.53 behind in seventh, while another German, Andreas Sander, was on course to beat Feuz but lost time after the final jump and finished 11th.

A mistake after starting cost Christof Innerhofer any chance of winning. The Italian, who was quickest in both training sessions, finished 1.15 off the pace.

Americans Steven Nyman, Jared Goldberg and Wiley Maple skipped the race to rest ahead of the Olympics.