Then there was AJ Kitt, 23, the dream downhiller that Americans have always yearned for and never had. Because of his World Cup victory in December at the old Val d'Is�re course and his even more impressive second-place finish at Kitzb�hel in January, Kitt was considered a dark horse. He skied a so-so run in which the mistakes were noticeable, though not embarrassing, and wound up a respectable, though not triumphant, ninth.
But no matter whether they won, lost, tied or fell, the stars of world ski racing knew they had met more than their match last week. No one outshone La Face de Bellevarde. No one.