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Paerson wins combined at worlds

The Associated Press
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Sweden's Anja Paerson slaloms past a pole during the women's combined at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Are, Sweden on Friday. Paerson won the race. (Charles Krupa/AP)
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ARE, Sweden ” Anja Paerson won the women’s combined event Friday, her second gold medal in as many races at the world championships. American Julia Mancuso took the silver medal.

Paerson, a Swede who also won gold in the super-giant slalom on Thursday, won with a two-run time of 1 minute, 57.69 seconds. Mancuso finished in 1:58.50 and Austria’s Marlies Schild was third in 1:58.54.

“My dream was to win a gold medal. Now I have already two,” said Paerson, who also is a favorite for Sunday’s downhill race.

Paerson led after the morning’s downhill portion of the combined event, which also includes one slalom run.

“This season was hard for me in slalom. This was the hardest race of my life,” said Paerson, who has struggled this season following knee surgery. “The snow was so aggressive.”

Mancuso was third after the downhill leg, behind U.S. teammate Lindsey Kildow ” who had a bad slalom run and dropped out of the top 15 in the final combined results. Schild, a slalom specialist, was 10th after the downhill leg.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Mancuso, who feels pain when she skis slalom ever since she had hip surgery in the offseason, and also has a shin problem.

“In the slalom you never know how it’s going to go. I gave it everything I could and had a good run. But Anja was too far ahead, so I just tried to get silver.”

Kildow, who is stronger in the speed events, made a mistake midway down the slalom that threw off her rhythm.

“I knew I had to go all out in the slalom,” she said. “I was really pushing it, and I just lost it.”


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