The world’s top women skiers competed in the world championship games in St. Anton, Austria, this month as they prepare for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Switzerland’s Sonja Nef won the gold medal in the woman’s giant slalom and leads the giant slalom standings as she prepares for the World Cup (March 7 Ð 11) in Are, Sweden. American Kristen Clark won the downhill event at the world championships, with teammate Picabo Street placing 7th. American women took five of the top 10 places in the event. American ski team coaches are enthusiastic and optimistic about their teams’ performance in the Winter Olympics and hope to make up for a dismal showing at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.