Hughes Is Top U.S. Finisher


1/21/05 - Middlebury College alpine skier Megan Hughes was the top U.S. finishers Thursday at the World University Games in Innsbruck, Austria. See below for the complete story from USA Skiing.

Five U.S. finishers In Top-20 For Women's GS

The second run of the women's giant slalom Thursday proved eerily similar to Wednesday's final descent of the men's giant slalom, as a grinding, body-rattling midsection left many competitors shaken and most on the outside looking in at the day's top finishers.

However, U.S. skiers Megan Hughes (Killington, Vt./Middlebury College) and Jilyne McDonald (Bellevue, Wash./University of Vermont) were able to avoid danger and laid down two top-10 finishes respectively at the snowy Casino Arena Seefeld venue just outside Innsbruck.

Dagmara Krzyzynska of Poland captured the gold medal in a winning time of 2:09.94, while downhill winner Jelena Lolovic of Serbian and Montanegro won silver and Super G winner, Lucie Hrstkova, from the Czech Republic came in third.

Hughes, fourth after the first run, held onto that position at the end but couldn't make up any ground on the three leaders. Despite skiing cleanly, the bumps did manage to take their toll on Hughes as well.

"I was definitely going for the podium, so I'm a little disappointed," she said. "I put myself in position on the first run, but the second run I skied a little more conservatively. After I started to hit the bumps, I started to back off a little bit and was more passive. I tried to let my skis go down the hill, but once I got to the last pitch I kind of held back."

The women will be back in action Saturday in slalom as action concludes for the Winter World University Games alpine skiing events in Casino Arena Seefeld.