events were held for the men in 1989
— downhill, super G, giant slalom —
but no events for the women. To date, this was
the only World Cup in Aspen held in February.
Alpiger of Switzerland won the men’s
downhill, squeaking past Marc Girardelli
of Luxembourg. Peter Mueller,
a defending champion and course record holder,
placed 10th. Girardelli, despite a second-place
finish, took the overall downhill World Cup title.
Former winner Bill Johnson placed
the super G, 1988 Olympic super G bronze medalist
Lars-Boerge Eriksson won his
first-ever World Cup event. Marc Girardelli
placed fourth. Girardelli was awarded the Roch
Cup for his combined times.
prior to the race, Girardelli’s father,
Helmut, was refused access to the racecourse because
he had arrived late. Helmut became embroiled in
a shouting match with a course guard, then took
revenge by refusing to allow his son to attend
the awards ceremony or press conference. Making
matters worse, Helmut’s illegally parked
car was towed during the race.
slalom was also a stage for drama as the competition
included top skiers Ingemar Stenmark
of Sweden, Alberto Tomba of Italy,
Marc Girardelli, and Lars
Eriksson of Sweden. Heavy snow fell that
morning as Girardelli led by less than two-tenths
of a second over Stenmark in the first run. Tomba
sat in a distant 15th place. On the second run,
Tomba skied a near perfect run, ending in sixth.
Stenmark ran the course, the crowd knew he had
excelled in this, his 86th career win. Girardelli
was one of the first to give Stenmark a bear hug
of congratulations. On his way to the victory
podium, Stenmark was serenaded by a chorus of
Swedes bearing the Swedish flag. “This man
is truly one of the greatest racers of all times,”
announced Andy Mill to a cheering