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Goergl win GS; Vonn finishes 13th

Eric Willemsen
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Elisabeth Goergl, of Austria, celebrates in the finish area after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

MARIBOR, Slovenia ” Elisabeth Goergl waited eight years and 146 World Cup events for her first win.

On Saturday, Goergl finally won a World Cup giant slalom, becoming the 100th Austrian skier to win a World Cup title.

Manuela Moelgg of Italy took second, while teammate Denise Karbon finished third. Overall World Cup leader Nicole Hosp of Austria was sixth, while Lindsey Vonn the United States was 13th.

“I had a really good second run, just a pity that the gap to the others was too big after the first leg,” Vonn said.

Goergl came first at the same Golden Fox event where her mother, Waltraud Hecher-Goergl, won a slalom on Jan. 23, 1966.

“That makes it extra special for me. My mother was here today and she kept her fingers crossed for me,” said Goergl, whose brother Stefan races on the World Cup circuit.

Goergl, who led after the first leg, finished in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 38.49 seconds.

“Since my first podium finish in Bormio back in 2003, I have been dreaming about winning. This is so great, it was worthwhile waiting for,” said Goergl, who celebrated in the finish area by waltzing with Austrian ski team official Manfred Kimmel.

Goergl had a near-flawless first run on the new Mariborski course and posted the fifth best time in the second leg.

Goergl had two top-three finishes on the giant slalom this season ” second in Panorama, Canada, in November and third at Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, last week. She is Karbon’s main challenger in the discipline standings.

Karbon, who was looking to match Anja Paerson’s record of five straight World Cup giant slalom wins, had a good second run to climb from sixth to third.

“I am happy with this result. I had a consistent second run so that was OK for me,” Karbon said. “I am not disappointed at all about missing out on that record. I knew it was going to be hard for me to win here as I don’t like this rather flat slope and I felt a little bit ill.”

Karbon has 460 points and Goergl 319, with three more giant slaloms scheduled this season.

“Denise skies very good, but she is not unbeatable. So we have some interesting races coming up and let’s see who comes out on top at the end,” Goergl said.

Moelgg is third in the giant slalom standings with 234 points, five points ahead of Julia Mancuso of the United States.

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