Twenty-year-old Anneroesli Zryd yesterday (Wednesday) became the first Swiss competitor to win a world title in the current Alpine Ski Championships in Italy's Val Gardena.
Twenty-year-old Anneroesli Zryd yesterday (Wednesday) became the first Swiss competitor to win a world title in the current Alpine Ski Championships in Italy's Val Gardena. In the Women's Downhill event, she beat a strong field which included Olympic gold and silver medallists.
Miss Zryd said later that she had almost missed the world championships after hurting her back earlier this season. But the sports shop salesgirl showed that she was fully recovered by leading the 49 competitors over the 2,750 metre Cir course with a time of 1 minute 58.34 seconds.
This was a full half second ahead of the tiny French Olympic silver medallist, Isabelle Mir, who had to settle for another silver medal in the world championships.
Olympic gold medallist and defending world champion, Olga Pall of Austria, was the first competitor over the course. But she returned a disappointing time and ultimately finished well down the field.
So Austrian hopes rested on the shoulders of 16-year-old prodigy Annemarie Proell. She clocked 2 minutes 0.34 seconds to win the bronze medal.