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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 2, 1982, Tokyo, Japan 22 sports Pacific stars and stripes december 1982 Phil Mahre leading world cup list associated press form figures to hold for another world cup ski with Ameri can Phil Mahre and Erika Hess of Switzerland favored to retain the Overall titles they won last of easily won his second straight title last while captured the women Crown by beating Back the spirited Challenge of runner up Irene Epple of West in addition to the Phil won titles in giant slalom and making him the first skier since fabled Frenchman Jean Claude Killy in 1967 to win four cup Hess enjoyed almost equal Suc she added her second straight slalom title to her Overall was second to Irene Epple in the combined standings and third behind Irene and sister Marile Epple in giant based on the last two Phil figures to make another real run at the championship again this Phil Mahre a said Bill Alpine director of the ski women unpredictable with the its a Little More unpredictable because someone could Blossom very Marolt although he figures that Hess and her supporting cast from last season will once again be the ones to the season opens sunday with a mens downhill at the women begin tuesday with a downhill at Val Mahres chief Competition should come from twin brother Steve and Sweden Ingemar said others to watch include Yugoslavia Bojan Marc Girardelli of Andreas Wenzel of Jacques Luethy of Hans Enn of Austria and Joel Gaspor of Switzer the top Down Hillers include Steve Podborski of Canada and the Man he beat in a tiebreaker for the title last Peter Mueller of Austria Haiti downhill Champion in 1981 and Winner of the world championship downhill last also is a solid Steve Mahres 198182 season five third in the Overall standings and a giant slalom Victory in the world championships would have been spectacular for an american of a few years but was overshadowed by phils Domin a family affair seen with Steve planning to compete in More combined events a downhill matched with a slalom or giant slalom the Battle for the Overall world cup could come Down to a family but Steves chronic knee problems could keep him off the downhill Marolt Well take the combined event by depending on what shape he is Marolt despite what for him was a drab Stenmark still casts a giant Shadow in the sports career win Leader with 67 race victories was limited to just five triumphs last five wins is a Fine said for Stenmark would win 10 or so races a and so anything less is not seen As Ste Marks refusal to ski downhill could Cost him the Overall title this As it has since combined scoring was instituted in but a return to form would make him the Man to beat for the slalom and giant slalom Hess needed Only a season and a half to vault from the ranks of promising no winners to the top of women she finished with a burst in 198081 to claim second Overall to Swiss teammate Marieteres Nadig be fore taking the title herself last year after Nadig although Hess figures to be hard to beat this time her Crown is by no Means among the Epple Sisters and the american Trio of Christin Cooper of Sun Tamara Mckinney of Squaw and Veteran Cindy Nelson of could pose an unknown Factor is Liechte steins Hanni a two time world cup Winner who missed most of the last two seasons with Cooper was third Nelson was fifth and despite missing several races with a broken Ingemar Stenmark v took Marile Epple finally Shook off the injuries that had plagued her career to finish fourth but those women took turns knocking each other off last and a repeat of that would Clear the Way for the versatile Hess to claim a second Overall 32 mens races slated the men will compete in 32 races 11 seven giant three super is and 11 downhills while the women face 26 races eight each in is and downhill and two super the super new this is the latest attempt by the inter National ski federation to somehow get downhill specialists More involved in the Chase for the Overall world the event is a very Long giant slalom with enough characteristics of the downhill to give the Speed merchants at least an even Chance of beating the Gate special but skiers Haven expressed much enthusiasm for the event and it could die for Lack of Park Utah up members of the ski team will be spending part of this Winter at army facilities in Gar West according to team executive director Inez Aimee said the army has agreed to make its armed forces recreation Center at Gar available to ski team members during Lay overs Between 1983 world cup and Europe cup this is a wonderful Opportunity for our athletes to experience a Little american turf amid the mountains of Aimee said we Are extremely army to lend ski team German Camp honoured that the army has agreed to help the ski in members of the teams Alpine and nordic squads will conduct demonstrations and race clinics for servicemen and their family As Well As participating in promotional activities for the the recreation Center near the West German austrian Border will be a Welcome Stop for our racers who train and compete away from Home for up to 11 months each Aimee one of the major drawbacks for our skiers on the world cup circuit is really having their suitcases represent Home through out much of the thanks to the we now have a place to hang our hat in Europe where we can feel we the site of the 1936 Winter olympic the military recreation Complex established following world War ii offers a gym a repair and Access to ski training the German resort Community also will be the site of a 1983 nordic world cup ski jumping Competition on and of an Alpine world cup mens giant slalom on

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