Eighteen-year-aid Daniels Debernard of France won the women's World Cup Slalom race on Tuesday (13 March) at Naeba, Japan.
GV Slalom course
SV No. 5 Rosi Mittermaier starts run
LV Mittermaier Falls
SV No. 13 Annemaris Promil from start to finish (2 shots)
SV Electronic timeboard
SV No. 14 Daniels Debernard starts
SV Debernard through finish gate
Sv Electronic clock records Debernard's time 44.73 secs
SV & CU Spectators (2 shots)
SV PAN Debernard skiing to finish on her second round
Initials ESP/1211 ESP/1225
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Background: Eighteen-year-aid Daniels Debernard of France won the women's World Cup Slalom race on Tuesday (13 March) at Naeba, Japan. The French skier was fastest on both runs down the steep Naeba course with a total time of 1 minute 29.9 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of her nearest opposition, Hyanny Wenzel of Liechtenstein.
It was Debernard's first victory of the season after being hampered by a heel injury earlier this year. The French teenager won the silver medal inn last year's Winter Olympic slalom at Sapporo.
The World Cup champion, Annemarie Proell of austria had a good first run, but missed a gate in her second.
More than ten skiers failed to finish, or were disqualified by the end of the second run. They included Rosi Mittermaier of West Germany and Maris-Theres Nadig of Switzerland.
SYNOPSIS: The steep Naeba course in Japan was the site of a women's World Cup slalom race on Tuesday.
Among the competitors was Rosi Mittermaier of West Germany, seen here wearing number five. Currently lying third in the overall World Cup points standing, she took a bad spill about halfway down her first run.
The World Cup champion, Annemarie Proell of Austria, started at number thirteen. She is not usually regarded as a slalom specialist, and proved this on her second run as she attacked the course too hard and missed a gate. But seen here on her first run, she was the first skier to break the forty-five-second mark.
Skiing right behind Proell was the 1972 Olympic silver model winner in the slalom, Danisle Debernard of France. The french teenager had not been skiing to her form early this year, due to a heel injury. But on Tuesday, she looked to be in command all the way down the four-hundred metre course. At the and of the morning run, she held a tenth of a second lead over Proell.
On her second run in the afternoon, Debernard did not let up on the steep course...over ten competitors failed to finish that day...she skied hard to come in more than two seconds ahead of Hanny Wenzel of Liechtenstein, her nearest rival.