MARLIES SCHILD OF AUSTRIA CAPTURES THE GOLD IN THE 2011 NATURE VALLEY ASPEN WINTERNATIONAL SLALOM HELD TODAY ON ASPEN MOUNTAIN
Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden and Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany Placed Second and Third Respectively
From AspenSnowmass.com — Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. (Nov. 27) — Marlies Schild from Austria bested the world’s top female skiers completing the course with a combined time of 1:43.72 to win the Slalom in the 2011 Aspen Nature Valley Winternational Slalom in Aspen, Colorado. Schild was one-second and one-nineteenth hundredths second faster than Pietilae-Holmner who placed second with a final time of 1:44.91 and Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany with a final time of 1:45.68.
Sunny skies covered the course all day making conditions amazing. The race crew was able to once again prepare a technical and fast slalom course and deemed incredibly technical and challenging.
USA’s 16 year-old Mikaela Shiffrin placed 8th with a final time of 1:47.03 overall.
Said Maria Pietilae-Holmner, “I like the snow, it’s pretty technical, I like the terrain. The GS course was pretty tight and snow was gripping. I have had a lot of places but not a lot of podiums, and today I just wanted to ski and not think too much.”
Over $100,000 was given out after today’s races and the same was divvied out to yesterday’s winners as well.