Of the 21 skiers who failed to finish a women's World Cup super giant slalom Saturday in Steamboat Springs, Colo., most came undone on a treacherous jump near the top of the course - a feature one victim said belonged on a ski jump, not a race course.
Austria's Sigrid Wolf negotiated the jump perfectly and went on to win, but other contenders, such as Switzerland's Maria Walliser and West Germany's Michaela Gerg, went flying off to an early exit.
"That jump was longer and higher than in the downhill (Friday)," Gerg said. "If you ski as fast as you can, I don't think you can finish this course. You have to go slow in some parts.
"I didn't think the course was set very well."
Gerg's teammate, Traudl Haecher, was even more vocal. She made the jump but twisted a knee in trying to make the next gate and did not finish.
"It was more like ski jumping," Haecher said. "I've had two knee operations. I don't need this."
Wolf gave the victory-starved Austrian women's team its first World Cup feast of the season, beating teammate Anita Wachter by .24 of a second.
***** At Whistler, British Columbia, hometown hero Rob Boyd, cheered by an enthusiastic crowd of friends and neighbors, became the first Canadian man to win a World Cup downhill race in his home country with a victory in the season finale.
Boyd, skiing to a finish line that was just 200 yards from his family home, covered the 3,803-meter course in 2 minutes, 10.03 seconds, finishing .17 ahead of Daniel Mahrer of Switzerland for his third World Cup downhill victory.
"I can't really believe it myself," Boyd said after salvaging a Canadian season marked by poor team results, injuries and conflicts with the coaching staff. "It'll sink in quick, I'm sure."