Austrian Schilds wins 2nd straight slalom |

Austrian Schilds wins 2nd straight slalom

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

Austria's Marlies Schild celebrates her victory with second-place finisher Sarka Zahrobska, left, of the Czech Republic, and third-place finisher Ana Jelusic, of Croatia, following Sunday's World Cup slalom at Panorama, B.C. (Jeff McIntosh/AP)

PANORAMA, British Columbia ” Austria’s Marlies Schild raced to her sec­ond straight slalom victory Sunday, beat­ing world champion Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic by 0.68 seconds at Panorama Mountain Village.

“Not perfect today, but fast enough,” Schild said. “It was a tough race and it was difficult to get the rhythm from the start because it was steep and very aggressive snow, but I got it and I made it.”

Schild had a two-run time of 1 minute, 39.95 seconds. Zahrobska finished in 1:40.63 and Croatia’s Ana Jelusic fol­lowed in 1:40.64. Defending overall World Cup champion Nicole Hosp of Austria was fifth.

Schild, who won the season-opening slalom Nov. 10 in Reiteralm, Austria, had the fastest time in the first run and the second- fastest time on her second pass through the 60-gate track. It was her 17th career World Cup victory. She has won six of seven slaloms going back to last season.

“I have confidence because of the wins,” Schild said. “I can ski perfect runs in training and that makes me really sure that I can do it.”

Schild is the girlfriend of Austrian ski star Benjamin Raich, who finished sec­ond in the men’s World Cup super G across the border in Lake Louise, Alber­ta, on Sunday.

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“We are happy when the other one does good, but we don’t have a competi­tion,” Schild said. Resi Stiegler was the top American, finishing ninth in 1:41.68. Julia Mancuso was 16th in 1:42.77, and Lindsey Vonn was 29th in 1:45.05.

The women’s slalom concluded two days of racing at Panorama, which hosted its first World Cup in 15 years. Italy’s Denise Karbon won the giant slalom Sat­urday.

The women will travel to Lake Louise for a downhill Saturday and a super G on Sunday.

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta ” Defend­ing overall champion Aksel Lund Svindal won the season opening super giant slalom Sunday, his second victory of the World Cup season.

The Norwegian star, the winner of the season-opening giant slalom in Solden, Austria, finished in 1 minute, 29.19 sec­onds. Austria’s Benjamin Raich was sec­ond in 1:29.63, followed by Switzer­land’s Didier Cuche in 1:29.79.

“I would say I’m skiing good,” said Svindal, also the super G winner at Lake Louise two years ago. “I like the snow here. It’s more like Scandinavian snow. It’s dry and you can do good turns on it. I like to race in Canada. It’s a good place.”

Steven Nyman was the top American, finishing 13th in 1:30.35. Scott MaCart­ney was 17th in 1:30.60, and Bode Miller 25th in 1:30.90.

The World Cup shifts to Beaver Creek next weekend for a downhill, super G, giant slalom and combined race.

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