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Schild Wins 2nd World Cup Slalom

November 26, 2006

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) _ Olympic bronze medalist Marlies Schild won her second straight World Cup slalom Sunday to lead another 1-2 Austrian finish, with Nicole Hosp the runner-up again.

Schild had the fastest times in the morning and afternoon runs, winning with a total time of 1 minute, 43.18 seconds.

Sweden’s Therese Borssen finished third in 1:44.25. Earlier this month in Finland, Austria swept the entire slalom podium with Kathrin Zettel third. This time, Zettel, who captured Saturday’s giant slalom for her first World Cup victory, was fifth, 1.57 off the pace.

Anja Paerson, sixth after the opening run, finished fourth. For the U.S., Lindsey Kildow was 16th, Julia Mancuso was 22nd and Resi Stiegler 25th.

This was Schild’s ninth World Cup victory, her eighth in slalom. As in Finland, her margin of victory was the same _ a whopping 0.80 ahead of Hosp.

Paerson, the World Cup giant slalom champion and Olympic slalom gold medalist, has been struggling since coming off surgery on her left knee after last season’s World Cup finals. She missed a gate in Saturday’s giant slalom and placed 12th in the slalom in Levi, Finland.

Kildow, a speed specialist who has been improving in the slalom, was four seconds off. Macuso, the Olympic giant slalom champ, was 6.05 off the pace.

Stiegler, 13th after the opening leg, missed a gate her second trip down. She hiked back up to re-ski the gate but finished more than seven seconds behind.

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