Kostelic crowned women’s World Cup slalom champion


KITZBUHEL, Austria, AFP

Croatia’s Janica Kostelic was crowned the 2000/2001 women’s World Cup slalom champion, alpine skiing’s world governing body FIS said on Saturday. The FIS said they are not rescheduling the Maribor event in Croatia, cancelled earlier this month, meaning Kostelic is champion. The 19-year-old skier from Zagreb has won all six races so far this season and there are now only three to go. She has an unassailable 355-point lead over Norway’s Trine Bakke as each victory earns only 100 points.

In fact Kostelic, second to Austria’s Renate Gotschl in the overall standings with 13 of 27 events to go, has won the last eight slaloms she has competed.