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Nef Wins World Cup Giant Slalom

December 19, 2000

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) _ Sonja Nef of Switzerland won for the second time this season, edging Anja Paerson of Sweden by 0.24 seconds Tuesday in a World Cup giant slalom race.

Nef, second to Paerson after the first run, attacked throughout the second leg and won in a combined time of 2 minutes, 21.67 seconds.

Paerson, who has finished among the top three in all four of her giant slalom races this season, was timed in 2:21.91.

Defending World Cup champion Renate Goetschl of Austria was third, 0.35 seconds behind the winner.

World Cup leader Martina Ertl of Germany came in fourth to remain first in the standings.

This was the sixth World Cup victory for Nef and her third at this Alpine resort. She won in Sestriere in 1996 and last season. She placed first in a giant slalom in Park City, Utah, this season.

Canada’s Britt Janyk, 29th after the first run, had the fastest second run in 1:10.54 _ more than one second faster than Nef _ to climb to eighth place with a combined time of 2:23.49.

Croatian teen-ager Janica Kostelic was 10th. She will be the one to beat Wednesday when she goes for her fourth consecutive slalom victory this season.

This week’s races were moved to Sestriere from Jasna, Slovakia, because of lack of snow. Several World Cup races this month have been rescheduled because of weather problems.

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