MARIA PIETILAE- HOLMNER FROM SWEDEN CAPTURES THE GOLD IN THE 2010 ASPEN WINTERNATIONAL SLALOM HELD TODAY ON ASPEN MOUNTAIN

Maria Riesch of Germany and Tanja Poutiainen of Finland Placed Second and Third Respectively

Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., November 28, 2010 – Maria Pietilae-Holmner from Sweden bested the world’s top female skiers completing the course with a combined time of 1:46.19 (one minute and forty-six point nineteen seconds) to win the Slalom in the 2010 Aspen Winternational Audi FIS Women’s Alpine World Cup. Pietilae-Holmner was sixty-eight hundredths of a second faster than the second place finisher.

Both in their second runs, Pietilae-Holmner and Riesch had the two overall fastest runs in the competition.

Cloudy skies covered the course all day making conditions trying and tough. The race crew was able to once again prepare a technical and fast slalom course and deemed incredibly technical and challenging.

USA’s Lindsey Vonn placed 8th overall with a combined time of 1:47.63 (one minute and forty seven point sixty-three).

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.