year was the first women’s-only
World Cup race in Aspen.
light and a tough course wreaked havoc on the
downhill as half a dozen racers crashed, several
ending their seasons with debilitating injuries.
The race was canceled less than half way through
the starting order, and rescheduled the following
day. With better light and visibility, Brigitte
Oerth of Switzerland took first place.
slalom was at least as demanding as the downhill
for women racers, 70 percent of whom failed to
complete the course. “If you stood up through
this one, you had a good chance of winning,”
commented Aspen’s Beth Madsen.
15 racers from a large international field were
able to complete two runs. When it was done, Roswitha
Steiner of Austria had placed first,
followed by teammates Anita Wachter
and M. Maierhofer. Wachter, as
overall winner, was awarded the Bingham Cup, which
had been dormant for nearly a decade.