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Moelgg posts fastest time in opening leg of slalom

Moelgg posts fastest time in opening leg of slalom

Manfred Moelgg posted the fastest time in the opening leg of a World Cup slalom on Sunday, returning to form after he missed last season with torn knee ligaments.
"I worked very hard all summer to come back, so this is an important result for me," Moelgg said. "It's strange because I really wasn't pushing it, forcing it, today. I was calm.
The Italian went down the Ganslern course in 52.54 seconds.
"I hope I can have a strong second run and confirm that I am back, but either way this first leg is a very encouraging performance for me."
Moelgg was the 23rd skier to start and he moved above three Austrians. Manfred Pranger was second in 52.80. He was followed by Mario Matt _ the runner-up behind Jens Byggmark in Saturday's slalom _ who clocked 52.93. Rainer Schoenfelder was fourth in 53.05.
Bode Miller finished the first leg in 17th place after getting thrown off balance near the bottom of the course. He had 1.35 to make up in the second run.
Miller hasn't completed a slalom in more than a year. He has failed to complete 17 of his last 20 World Cup slalom races.
Miller, who on Saturday straddled a gate in the first run, hiked back up two sets of gates to rerun it, then lost his right ski moments later, was not satisfied despite remaining standing.
"I'm not very happy," said Miller, adding that he wasn't skiing all that well even before his mistake.
The 29-year-old American said he found it hard to go fast because snow conditions had totally changed since Saturday.
The last World Cup slalom Miller completed was here in Kitzbuehel on Jan. 22, 2006 when he finished 18th.
Miller has five career World Cup slalom victories, but the last one dates back to Dec. 13, 2004.


Updated : 2021-04-23 07:09 GMT+08:00