Stephens, Casanova win again in final giant slalom |

Stephens, Casanova win again in final giant slalom

Day 2 of the Disabled World Cup in Steamboat Springs brought more wet weather, more challenging conditions and another top finish for U.S. Ski Team member Laurie Stephens.

Stephens chalked up her eighth World Cup giant slalom victory in a row in a race that featured heavy snow, poor visibility and the top women sit-skiers in the world.

Stephens won the sit-skier class with a time of 2 minutes, 27.60 seconds. She was followed by fellow American Stephani Victor, who skis as an independent, in second at 2:27.95 and by Canadian Kimberley Joines who finished third with a time of 2:30.62.

“It wasn’t as good as yesterday, but I’m not exactly sure why,” Stephens said. “The snow was interesting. It was kind of like New England conditions. … I’m from Massachusetts, and I ski a lot in New Hampshire, so I don’t mind.”

The sit-skier class is just one of three in the Disabled World Cup format. The athletes compete against one another in their class using a factor system that adjusts each skier’s time based on the severity of her disability. Other classes include the visually impaired and standing-skier class.

France’s Pascale Casanova picked up her second win in two days by leading the field of visually impaired skiers with a time of 2:25.49.

Spain’s Carme Garcia was second with a time of 2:36.54, and another Spanish skier, Anna Cohl, placed third with a time of 2:52.90.

Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss led the standing-skier class, the largest of the three classes, with a time of 2:26.11. She was third in Monday’s opening giant slalom event.

Slovakia’s Iveta Chlebakova finished in second place for the second day in a row with a time of 2:26.73, and Germany’s Reinhild Mller was third with a time of 2:28.10.

Sandy Dukat was the top American skier in fifth place at 2:31.46, teammate Allison Jones was sixth at 2:35.38, and Elitsa Storey was 16th with a time of 2:49.84.

Today the racers will move to Howelsen Hill for the first of two days of slalom racing. The women are scheduled to begin the first run at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the men at 10:30 a.m.

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