Austrian wins GS at Aspen Winternational |

Austrian wins GS at Aspen Winternational

Nate Peterson

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Austria’s Kathrin Zettel won today’s World Cup giant slalom on Aspen Mountain, holding off first-run winner Tanja Poutiainen of Finland with a two-run time of 2 minutes, 16 seconds.

Zettel was .28 seconds faster than Poutiainen, who was the final skier on course. Before Poutianen came down the mountain, the Austrian women’s team held the top three places on the podium.

Poutiainen bumped Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser (2:16.68) to third and Nicole Hosp (2:16.88) to fourth.

Olympic giant slalom winner Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley, Calif., was the top American finisher in seventh (2:19.22).

Zettel’s win follows up two podium finishes last year in Aspen, where she was third in both the slalom and GS. Poutianen won a slalom and a GS at Aspen’s Winternational in 2004 and was third in another slalom.

For complete race coverage, see Sunday’s Aspen Times.

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