Maria Walliser's is a Hollywood story without, at least for now, a movie-star ending.
"I could never do something for the moment better than being a ski racer. I really enjoy it so much that, although I'm not 100 percent sure that I will go for another year, I think I will."The question of a career change came up Sunday after Walliser won a second straight World Alpine Ski Championships downhill race in smashing style. She flashed down the International course on Vail Mountain in 1 minute, 46.50 seconds, beating Canada's Karen Percy by a spectacular 1.5 seconds. Karin Dedler of West Germany, who started 17th in the field of 32, was a surprising third, just .01 seconds behind Percy.
Talk of Walliser becoming an actress "started two years ago in Crans-Montana when an actor from Switzerland wanted to have me in a new film. But I think ski racing and being an actress at the same time is not possible. I have to finish my ski career first and then I will see what offers I can have.
"I think for the moment, no Hollywood, no film career, not now."
There is seemingly nothing left for Walliser to achieve in the world of skiing. She was the women's World Cup overall champion in 1986 and 1987 and winner of the downhill and super giant slalom golds in the world championships at Crans-Montana, Switzerland in 1987. She has won 22 World Cup events, including 12 downhills to rank fourth all-time in that discipline.
"It's very difficult to say exactly which way I will go after my ski career," Walliser, 25 and in her 10th World Cup season, said. "But if I have the possibility to do some promotional things, with good contracts, then I will do it."
For now, Walliser looks ahead to two more races, and perhaps two more medals, in Wednesday's super giant slalom and Saturday's giant slalom, the final event on the women's schedule.
"I think when you have a world championship title, you feel so good you don't have to change something for the other races. I am very relaxed now and the experience I had today will help me for the other races."
Based on training times, which for Walliser were a second or so slower than teammate Michela Figini most of the week, Switzerland's would-be film star didn't figure to be fielding questions with a gold medal draped about her neck. But she had a feeling she'd be closer in the race than during practice.
"I'm was trying my best (during training), trying to find the best line," Walliser said. "But, of course, I don't want to show my secrets to the other skiers. I knew I could more in the race itself, concentrate more during the race, so I was building up my confidence with every training."
The men's downhill was moved from Saturday to today because of the storm.