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Ertl Wins Second Straight Giant Slalom

December 21, 1995

VEYSONNAZ, Switzerland (AP) _ Germany’s Martina Ertl won her second straight World Cup giant slalom today, overcoming icy conditions to finish 1.49 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

Ertl, 22, had a two-run time of 2 minutes, 0.06 seconds, winning the first run with a time of 58.93 seconds. Italy’s Sabina Panzanini was second in 2:01.55, followed by Austria’s Anita Wachter in 2:01.79.

Ertl, who entered the season with three World Cup victories, won the opening giant slalom in Val d’Isere, France, two weeks ago and was ahead in the initial race in Tignes, France, when it was disrupted by poor weather.

Switzerland’s Karin Roten was fourth in 2:02.48, followed by France’s Leijla Piccard in 2:02.54 and World Cup overall leader Alexandra Meissnitzer of Austria in 2:02.61.

Meissnitzer took the overall lead Wednesday with her second super-G title of the season. She had a time of 1 minute, 28.72 seconds to edge Switzerland’s Heidi Zurbriggen by 0.18 seconds.

Meissnitzer won her first career title earlier this month in Val d’Isere. She also was third in a giant slalom at Val d’Isere and third and second in downhills last weekend in St. Anton, Austria.

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