Aspen World Cup races of 1982
again featured men and women in multiple events.
Podborski of Canada proved himself the
fastest downhill racer in the world in 1982 by
becoming the first non-European to win the World
Cup downhill in combined standings.
it was Peter Mueller of Switzerland
who had the fastest downhill runs in Aspen, winning
both downhills. Phil Mahre, who
had his second World Cup combined sewed up by
the time he hit Aspen in 1982, broke from his
specialties — slalom and giant slalom —
to race the downhill. He placed 18th and ninth.
the women’s events, Marile Epple
of West Germany, Erika Hess of
Switzerland and Marile’s older sister Irene
Epple, took the first three places in
giant slalom. This trio was ranked as the top
GS racers in Europe at the time.
skiers Christin Cooper and
Tamara McKinney were tripped up on the
icy GS course, but Karen Lancaster
of Nevada placed a strong fourth, followed by
Americans Cindy Nelson, seventh,
and Abbi Fisher, ninth. This
moved the U.S. Women’s Team to a fourth
place position in World Cup national standings.
controversy in the men’s downhill resulted
when Canada’s Ken Read
stuck a pole in the icy starting ramp as he lunged
out of the gate, and lost it. Read stopped, sidestepped
up the ramp, retrieved his pole and asked for
a new start. The World Cup jury, however, denied
it. Read protested bitterly, but lost his run.