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Tanja Poutiainen wins World Cup slalom

The Associated Press
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Tanja Poutiainen, of Finland, slaloms past a pole on her way to clock the third fastest time during the first run of a women's ski World Cup slalom on the Sljeme hill outside Zagreb, Croatia, Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
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ZAGREB, Croatia ” Tanja Poutiainen earned her first World Cup victory of the season by winning a slalom Friday after a sizzling second run vaulted her from third to first.

Marlies Schild, who had won the previous two years in the Croatian capital, finished second and took the lead in slalom standings.

Her Austrian countrywoman, Nicole Hosp, failed to finish the second run but retained a share of the overall lead in World Cup standings with American Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn decided to skip the race and return home early, along with several other Americans, to prepare for the races next week in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Vonn and Hosp have 983 points.

Poutiainen finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 52.83 seconds. Schild clocked 1:53.35 and Veronika Zuzulova of Slovakia was third in 1:53.51.


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