Austria beats Switzerland to win WC team event

Associated Press

3/16/2012 10:27:11 AM

SCHLADMING, Austria -- Austria won the nations team event at the World Cup finals on Friday for the first time since 2008.

The team of Eva-Maria Brem, Michaela Kirchgasser, Marcel Mathis and Philipp Schoerghofer defeated Switzerland 3-1 in the final of the competition, which sees teams of two men and two women race head-to-head on parallel giant slalom courses.

Sweden took third after beating the United States 3-1. In the opening run of that match, Resi Stiegler of the United States crashed and was carried off the course with a left-knee injury.

U.S. ski team spokesman Doug Haney said the extent of the injury was unknown after an initial examination in hospital and Stiegler would fly back to the United States this weekend for further tests.

Stiegler will miss the final women's slalom of the season on Saturday, a race she qualified for by coming second at a slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany, this month. It was her first World Cup podium in a career marred by injuries.

Teammate Julia Mancuso said she felt sorry for Stiegler.

"This (team event) is all about having fun and being out there and enjoying to ski," Mancuso said. "You don't want to be risking an injury. That's really unfortunate for her."