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Italy Snowboarders Win Giant Slalom

November 19, 2000

TIGNES, France (AP) _ Italy swept the giant slalom Sunday at the snowboarding World Cup, with Walter Feichter and Carmen Ranigler winning the men’s and women’s divisions.

Stefan Kaltschuetz of Austria was second and Daniel Biveson of Sweden finished third in the men’s division. Marlon Posch of Italy came in second and Heidi Renoth of Germany was third in the women’s race.

The event was dominated last season by Austria and France.

On Saturday, Stine Kjeldaas of Norway won the women’s half-pipe event, with Gian Simmen of Switzerland the men’s champion.

Joni Vastamaki of Finland won the men’s snowboard cross event in poor visibility Friday. Olympic champion Karine Ruby of France was the top woman.

At Tignes, the competitors have begun the qualifying process leading to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

World Cup snowboarding was to take place next in Kaprun, Austria. But organizers canceled the races because of the fire that killed more than 150 people riding a cable car in a mountain tunnel.

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