Champion woman skier, Lise-marie Morerod, of Switzerland, has won the slalom event, the Gold Fox Cup, with a display of skiing artistry, in Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia, on Monday (26 January).
GV Slalom course.
SV PAN No. 58 J. Plank (Italy) skiing.
SV PAN No. 15 P. Emonet (Franoe) starts course.
TV PAN No. 26 W. Gatta (Italy) finishes.
No. 8 M. Berwein (West Germany) starts PAN UP mountains.
SV AND TV Crowd watch as No. 18 M. Jacot (France) finishes. (2 shots)
GV Competitor on course watched by other competitors. (2 shots)
CU R. Mittermaier (West Germany) after finishing.
CU PAN No. 12 L.M. Morerod (Swiss) watches as trainer waxes her skis.
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LV Morerod on her winning run.
SV PAN Morerod finishes.
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Background: Champion woman skier, Lise-marie Morerod, of Switzerland, has won the slalom event, the Gold Fox Cup, with a display of skiing artistry, in Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia, on Monday (26 January).
The Cup was meant to have been held in Maribor, northern Yugoslavia, but the venue was changed because of the lack of snow.
Second in the event was the current World Cup leader, Rosi Mittermaier, of West Germany.
The win showed that Miss Morerod, aged 19, is the fastest slalomer in women's skiing, and makes her favourite for at least two gold medals at the Winter Olympics, due to begin at Innsbruck, Austria, on 4 February.
It was Miss Morerod's 10th World cup win and she gained it with a stunning burst of speed and skill on the second leg which astounded the crowd. The win was the second for the Swiss champion in twenty-four hours, as she won the Women's World Ski Cup Giant Slalom event the previous day.
Austria's Ingrid Schmid-Gfoelner said, "Morerod is quite simply a class better than all the others."
Miss Morerod had to come from behind to take the cup as she was in third place behind Italy's Claudia Giordani and Miss Mittermaier. However, in the second leg the Swiss girl exhibited an ability that bordered on skiing genius as she turned in a time of 50.14 seconds...0.94 ahead of her nearest rival.
Miss Morerod said after the event that she was "just set on getting through the first run."
Third place went to Regina Sackl, a 16-year-old Austrian who was passed over for her country's Olympic team.
Miss Morerod said she would only ski "for fun" between now and the beginning of the Winter Olympics.