January 19, 1987 |
Maria Walliser clocked the fastest time on both runs Sunday to lead a Swiss sweep of the top four places in a giant slalom race at Bischofswiesen, West Germany. Walliser, 24, finished more than two seconds ahead of Vreni Schneider. Walliser had a combined time of 2 minutes 19.24 seconds, and the victory helped her retain the top spot in the overall World Cup standings with 229 points.
February 6, 1989 |
Had it been a football game, the margin would have been four touchdowns; a baseball game, 10 runs, and in basketball, about 35 points. Maria Walliser's 1 1/2-second victory in the women's downhill at the World Alpine Ski Championships Sunday, her second straight title in this event, was that one-sided. "I just had a perfect run," she said of her 1-minute 46.50-second burst down the 1.6-mile Vail Mountain course, during which she reached speeds in excess of 68 m.p.h. "Everything came together.