Cindy Nelson, the 19-year-old American skier, caused a major upset in the third World Cup downhill women's race at Saalbach, Austria, on Saturday (21 December).
LV PAN Mittermaier (BRD) on run to finish
SV PAN Proell (Austria) skis to finish
SV PAN Nadig (Switzerland) to finish and throws skis in air
SV PAN Nelson (USA) to finish, in first place.
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Background: Cindy Nelson, the 19-year-old American skier, caused a major upset in the third World Cup downhill women's race at Saalbach, Austria, on Saturday (21 December).
Cindy recorded the second fastest time in training on Friday (20 December) but faced strong and confident opposition from the Austrians on their home ground. In the final, Cindy shot down the 2700-metre (1.7-mile) course in just over one minute 36 seconds.
Second in the race was Marie Therese Nadig from Switzerland, who had recorded the fastest training time. Miss. Nadig was skiing near the end of the first group of 15 top competitors, and as she crossed the line, thought she had won. She waved her sticks in the air ...in triumph...but later was to be disappointed.
Rosi Mittermaier (West Germany) was third. Her compatriots, Irene Epple and Traudl Treichl unexpectedly turned in the fourth and fifth best times.
The fastest Austrian was 16-year-old Elfi Deufl, who was fifth. However, in the overall World Cup points tally, the lead is still held by Annemarie Moser-Proell, who has 69 points. Cindy Nelson is second with 56 and Rosi Mittermaier is third on 46.