January 4, 1998 in Sports

Ski Team Named

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Scott Montalbo is $5,000 richer after grabbing a share of first place in a Dash for Cash Alpine race that wrapped up the U.S. Ski Team Olympic trials in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Picabo Street won the women’s race. Her time of 40.96 seconds for the 1,200-meter track was 1.11 seconds better than Tatum Skogland of Bellevue, Wash. Julie Parisien of Auburn, Maine, was third in 42.31.

Montalbo and Chris Puckett of Boulder, Colo., tied in the men’s race in 39.87 seconds. Jason Rosener of Breckenridge, Colo., and Clic Bloomfield of Ketchum, Idaho, tied for third in 39.96.

Seven athletes earned spots on the U.S. Olympic biathlon team.

Dan Westover of Colchester, Vt., was the top finisher. He won the 10K sprint in Jericho, Vt., with a time of 29 minutes, 31.5 seconds.

Joining Westover will be Jay Hakkinen of Kasilof, Alaska, Robert Rosser of Applegate, Ore., and Andy Erickson of Minnetonka, Minn.

Three women also earned spots on the team. Kara Hermanson Salmela, of Elks River, Minn., was so dominant in her first three races that she secured her berth Friday.

Kristina Sabasteanski of Richmond, Vt., and Deborah Nordyke, of Jericho, Vt., qualified Saturday.

Two other women, Stacey Wooley of Newbury, N.H., and Ntala Skinner of Sun Valley, Idaho, pre-qualified for the Olympics based on their performances in international competitions last year.

Christian Mayer led Austrian skiers to their fourth straight World Cup victory and ninth in 13 races this season with a win in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Mayer, 25, won in an aggregate time of 2 minutes, 12.70 seconds. It was his second victory of the season and his third career title.


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