Stiegler posted her best result of the season.
Resi Stiegler took another step toward returning to form today, placing 19th in slalom to lead the U.S. women at the Word Championships in Garmisch, Germany.
Finishing both runs was an accomplishment for the 25-year-old U.S. Ski Team racer from Jackson Hole, who missed most of the last three seasons with injuries. She was about 3.7 seconds behind gold medalist Marlies Schild of Austria.
“As hard as I am on myself, I have to be really happy,” Stiegler told Ski Racing magazine. “My goal wasn’t to make World Championships, it was just to finish the season. … This is just a really good step for starting out next season.”
This was Stiegler’s fifth World Championships, which are held every other year. Her best finish was in 2005, when she took sixth in slalom in Bormio, Italy.
She has placed 19th three times, which according to Ski Racing is one place better than her father, Pepi, earned in his lone World Championships in 1962 at Chamonix, France. He won three Olympic medals.
Stiegler got a thrill Friday when Ted Ligety won the gold medal in giant slalom. “It was really a treat to be able to be around the whole team with some really good happy energy!” she wrote on her blog. “Way to go USA!”
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