Swede Anja Paerson wins St. Moritz super G
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ST. MORITZ, Switzerland ” Olympic slalom champion Anja Paerson won a women’s World Cup super G on Sunday for her second victory in 24 hours.
The Swede finished the Corviglia course in 1 minute, 15.06 seconds, to edge Canada’s Emily Brydon by 0.04.
“It’s just amazing … yesterday I was just thinking about getting across the finish line because this is such a tough super G course,” Paerson said. “I maybe made a couple of mistakes but I kept everything under control right to the end.”
The second-place finish was Brydon’s best career result. The Canadian previously had four third-place finishes spanning the last seven years.
Renate Goetschl was third, 0.22 off the pace, for her third podium finish of the season.
Julia Mancuso lost half a second in the final interval but still posted the top American result, tying for 10th with Canada’s Britt Janyk in 1:15.57. U.S. teammate Lindsey Vonn placed 12th.
It marked Paerson’s 37th career win and the seventh time she’s posted World Cup wins on successive days.
Paerson’s last back-to-back World Cup victories were at San Sicario, Italy, in February 2005 when she first won a super G before posting her first career downhill victory.
After a listless beginning, Paerson has kickstarted her season at the Swiss resort.
Paerson had shone last season, winning the downhill, super G and combined gold medals at the world championships at home in Are, Sweden, but found herself struggling since the season reopened in October and had failed to place better than seventh until this weekend.
A seven-time world champion, Paerson won both races here by very small margins. On Saturday she edged Vonn by 0.08 to post her first win of the season and her first in downhill since March 2006.
The weekend’s races ” a downhill and a super G ” were moved to St. Moritz from Val d’Isere because of a lack of snow at the French resort.
With the win, Paerson overtook Marlies Schild to lead the overall standings. Paerson has 383 points, with Nicole Hosp climbing into second with 379. Schild, who finished 20th in the super-G, dropped to third with 354.
Paerson also leads the super-G rankings with 136 points after two races. Switzerland’s Martina Schild is second on 129, while Maria Riesch of Germany is third with 125.
ALTA BADIA, Italy ” Kalle Palander got his third career giant slalom victory on the Gran Risa course Sunday and American Ted Ligety skied the fastest second run to finish fifth.
The Finnish skier led the first run and his two-run combined time was 2 minutes, 30.92 seconds.
Olympic giant slalom champion Benjamin Raich of Austria finished second, 0.42 seconds behind, to retake the overall World Cup lead from Didier Cuche, who fell in the first leg.
Marc Berthod of Switzerland was third, 0.45 back.
The 30-year-old Palander released a note saying he had an “important announcement” to make after the race. He gave no further details.
Palander won here in 2003 and 2006 and also finished second once.
“I just love the slope,” he said.
Ligety, the American who leads the GS standings, was penalized by the International Ski Federation (FIS) for showing up four minutes late to Saturday’s public draw. By rule, he was forced to start 46th instead of within the top 15 and fined $867.
Ligety was 10th after the opening run then skied the fastest second run to finish fifth, 0.58 seconds behind.
“I think it’s a really, really stupid rule,” Ligety said. “I feel like if it was one of the other guys, like Benni Raich or something, someone would have been there to protest.”
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