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Americans Speed Through Fog
Super-G: Whistler, BC
results photos
December 10, 1998

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    Women's Podium
    Fast Girls
    Americans Sondra Van Ert and Ian Price battled crazy conditions and course delays today for the wins. "This was the most hairball snowboarding I've ever done," claimed Sondra after the race. Everyone agreed that the course was almost too fast; it was clean, hard and left little room for error.

    Italy's powerhouse Margerita Parini pulled out second followed by Austrians Ursula Fingerlos and Isabell Zedlacher in third and fourth, respectively.

    Canadian alpine strength lies in its men. They applied their secret sauce to their sticks at the top and you just knew one of them was going to do something great here at home today. Ross Rebagliati was happy with his number four bib and had a strong upper course, but lost it at the bottom in the fog. We're unsure if he's blaming it on second hand snow.

    Mark Fawcett
    Darren Chalmers was next and ripped it clean all the way down, landing him fourth for the day. Then Mark "Fuzzy" Fawcett blasted past. He went wide as he passed me and it didn't look good. "I lost it at the top and didn't get my line back for almost six gates, but I had a really good bottom course," said a smiling Mark. He apparently made up some serious time because he ended up in second.

    Men's Podium
    Price Prevails
    Also for Canada was the proud Jasey Jay Anderson, who either wins or dies trying. He ejected off course midway down, but thankfully didn't try another Mctwist like he did in his last Super G bout here.

    Weather looked bad from the start. Last night temperatures increased and rain was falling here in Whistler Village. And this morning was no better. The start was initially delayed three hours, which was followed by several shorter delays during the race as smoldering evil clouds periodically came rolling in.

    This course has had no more than a select few freeriders on it all season. The Dave Murry Downhill was closed and worked over for the last several weeks in preparation for the World Cup skiing events cancelled last weekend. Weasel Workers cleaned and watered it daily with just the right touch of arsenic for lasting flavor and freshness.

    In the end the riders won with the opportunity to ride the course. It's a shame some had to rely on faith as they passed through the clouds with speed.

    Hans Prosl, VIP impersonator for The Mountain Zone

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