Michela Figini, who clinched the overall World Cup downhill title last week, capped her campaign Friday by leading a Swiss sweep of the top three places in the final downhill of the season.
Figini, 22, was shut out of medals in the World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail earlier this month and had never won a race in Colorado.Swiss teammates Maria Walliser and Chantal Bournissen placed second and third. Walliser, the gold medalist in the World Championships downhill, was more than a half-second behind.
"I didn't get any gold medal in the World Championships, so I try to have the downhill World Cup. It's very important because it is for all the season," said Figini, the overall World Cup champion in 1985 and 1988.
Also, she said, "many people say I cannot win in Colorado so it is important for me to try to win today. Why not, I have good form."
A foot-and-a-half of new snow early in the week had slowed training times, but warm temperatures Thursday melted the snow and it refroze Thursday night, making the 30-gate course on Mt. Werner much faster.
Figini, who had two of the three fastest times in training, was clocked Friday in 1 minute, 25.90 seconds. Walliser was 59-hundredths of a second behind, with Bournissen 1:10 back.
West Germany's Michaela Gerg was fourth, followed by Veronika Wallinger of Austria. The top American was Pam Fletcher of Acton, Mass., who finished in a tie for 12th.
Figini's victory was her sixth in eight downhills this season. She won two downhills last weekend at Lake Louise, Canada, to clinch the overall season title in the speciality.
Figini's victory also moved her into a tie for second place with Walliser in the overall World Cup standings behind Vreni Schneider of Switzerland, who has clinched the title. Schneider does not compete in the downhill.