Nolan Kasper nabbed nearly $5,500 for posting the fastest run of the day with a 19.01 semifinal run in the nations team event (Mitch Gunn/www.sportsphotographer.eu)
SCHLADMING, Austria (March 16) - Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) pocketed almost $5,500 Friday by producing the fastest run of the nations team event with a scorching 19.01 seminfinal heat. Despite his run and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) winning all her heats, the U.S. Ski Team, which also included Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) and Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) finished fourth behind the winning host country of Austria. The World Cup Finals continue Saturday with women's slalom and men's giant slalom.
Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) won nearly $5,500 with a 19.01 second fastest run of the nations team event.
The U.S. Ski Team, consisting of Kasper, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) and Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) finished fourth.
Austria won with Switzerland second and Sweden in third.
Mancuso, who won the parallel slalom World Cup in Moscow, posted the second fastest run among women and won all her heats.
Stiegler crashed during the small final to suffer an injury to her left knee. She will miss the World Cup Finals slalom.
World Cup Finals continue Saturday with women's slalom and the men's giant slalom.
QUOTES Nolan Kasper It was a fun event, it was a little inconsistent for me, but I'm psyched that I got a fast run in there. It's a bummer that we had a teammate go out today. Resi (Stiegler) was skiing really strong coming into the Finals and it would have been exciting to see her ski tomorrow's slalom.
I'm pumped for Sunday's slalom, but it's on a different hill than it normally is here in Schladming. It's going to be flatter and a little more sidehill than we're used to, but I'll try as hard as I can.
Julia Mancuso This event is always difficult, but it's fun. It's hard to tell who wins because it could go both ways and I think it should be more about who wins by more and not who has the fastest time. There's always a faster course in things like this.
There's always a risk in ski racing and it's really unfortunate when injuries happen in an event that is supposed to be fun. It's especially hard to see it happen to Resi (Stiegler).