Changing of the Guard at World Cups?
New faces won the first World Cup of the fall in the northern Italian ski resort of Aprica. Angela Eiter, a 17-year-old Austrian, proved her surprise victory at last week’s Arco Rockmaster was no fluke. Once again, she beat Sandrine Levet of France and Muriel Sarkany of Belgium, who have dominated international competitions for the past few years. Eiter’s previous best World Cup finish was fourth place.
Among the men, Ramón Julián Puigblanque of Spain defeated Alex Chabot of France, overall winner of the last two World Cup seasons. This was only Puigblanque's second World Cup victory. Sixteen-year-old Canadian Sean McColl, winner of his age group at the recent Youth World Championships in Bulgaria, finished with a very respectable tie for 16th place at his first World Cup. American Vadim Vinokur tied for 28th place, Canadian Mike Doyle tied for 37th, and American Cody Roth tied for 43rd.