Originally posted by Bubba Bob
Lightly press down on the peddle while starting...
Odd -- The only times I've had the hard start problem is when I bump (even very slightly) my gas peddle before starting my ST when cold.
So try Bubba's idea first (nothing to loose) and if it gets worse try keeping your feet away from the gas until you've started your car.
If either makes a difference (good or bad) then please share in a reply post!