Austria wins World Cup team event, Stiegler hurt


SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) -- Austria won the nations team event at the World Cup finals Friday for the first time since 2008.

The Austrian team of Eva-Maria Brem, Michaela Kirchgasser, Marcel Mathis and Philipp Schoerghofer defeated Switzerland 3-1 in the final, which has teams of two men and two women race head-to-head on parallel giant slalom courses.

Sweden defeated the United States 3-1 for third place. In the opening run, Resi Stiegler of the United States crashed and was carried off the course with an apparent left knee injury.

U.S. ski team spokesman Doug Haney said the extent of the injury was unknown after a hospital examination. Stiegler plans to fly back to the United States this weekend for more tests.

Stiegler will miss the final women's slalom of the season on Saturday, a race she qualified for by coming second this month at a slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany. It was her first World Cup podium in a career marred by injuries.

Teammate Julia Mancuso said she felt sorry for Stiegler.

"This (team event) is all about having fun and being out there and enjoying to ski," Mancuso said. "You don't want to be risking an injury. That's really unfortunate for her."