Annemarie Moser-Proell beat Cindy Nelson by .13 of a second in the last major downhill race of the season yesterday, registering the 50th World Cup victory of her skiing career.
The Austrian 10-year veteran's time of 1 minute 48.68 seconds for the 2,950-meter track was nearly two seconds slower than her result in Saturday's race on the same track, due to warmer weather conditions and softer snow. But no one bettered it.
Nelson, the Minnesotan who trailed Moser-proell by .54 second on Saturday, clocked 1:48.81, winding up the downhill season with her foruth second place behind Moser-Proell since December. Marie-Theres Nadig of Switzerland, who dropped out Saturday because she missed a control gate came in third in 1:48.96.
With five wins and two second places in the seven World Cup races of the season the Moser-Proell gained the maximum of 125 points in the World Cup downhill standings.
First skier to celebrate 50 World Cup victories (29 in downhill), she said "I made some ugly mistakes on the upper part of the track and never thought I could win."
Nelson was rather disappointed, saying, "I did far better than the day before and when I heard my time I thought, 'I've got it'."
Susie Patterson of Sun Valley, Idaho, 10th on Saturday, clocked 1:50.34 to end up 11th. Jamie Kurlander, one of those few skiers faster yesterday than the day before, was 21st in 1:51.86. Her U.S. compatriot Maggie Crane clocked 1:52.64 for 29th, and Holly Beth Flanders, disqualified for missing a gate on Saturday, came in 34th with 1:53.39.
Hanny Wenzel of Liechtenstein, who had already won the overall World Cup for the first time in her career, did not compete.