GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Austria's Elisabeth Goergl opened this week's world Alpine skiing championships Tuesday by winning a squeaker in the women's super G event.
Goergl turned in a time of 1 minute, 23.82 seconds, 5/100ths of a second ahead of second-place Julie Mancuso of the United States.
Mancuso made a strong bid to overtake Goergl by making up nearly a half a second on the bottom half of the icy and treacherous Kandahar course at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
"The win was decided by a really small margin, but I'm definitely psyched with the silver," Mancuso said. "I knew I was slow on top and I had to fight my way back onto the podium."
The Worlds continue Wednesday with the men's super G.