Marion Rolland wins Downhill gold at Worlds, Maria Hoefl-Riesch claims bronze

Maria Hoefl Riesch

Maria Hoefl Riesch

Marion Rolland of France made the big headlines by winning the Women’s Downhill on Sunday (Feb. 10) at the 42nd FIS Alpine Ski World Championships  in Schladming, Austria.

But there’s a pretty potent headline lower on the podium as well: Maria Hoefl-Riesch claimed her second medal of the championships with a bronze. Nadia Fanchini of Italy earned the silver medal. Read more.

Hoefl-Riesch won the overall title two seasons ago, but looked outclassed last season during Lindsey Vonn’s historic pursuit of 2,000 points. So far this season, even though she stands second overall, the talented German skier has been overshadowed by Tina Maze’s brilliant season and Vonn’s well-chronicled ups and downs. But it’s been a different story in Austria, where she won gold in Super Combined before Sunday’s bronze. (Maze, by the way, finished a respectable seventh.)

America’s talented speed  skiers  were solid, but fell short of the podium, with Julia Mancuso finishing fifth, followed by Stacey Cook (6th), Leanne Smith (12th), and Alice McKennis (17th).


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