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Riegler Wins Second World Cup Slalom

December 21, 1996

CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) _ Claudia Riegler of New Zealand won her second straight World Cup slalom Saturday, edging world champion Pernilla Wiberg of Sweden.

Wiberg, leading after the first run, settled for second place for the second time this season behind Riegler, while France’s Patricia Chauvet finished third.

Riegler, who also won the first slalom of the season in Park City, Utah, finished with a two-run combined time of one minute, 29.83.

``Neither of my runs were perfect, and the first was particularly difficult because it was so bumpy,″ said Riegler.

``But I have a lot of confidence right now and that helped in the second run.″

Reigning slalom world champion Wiberg was .67 of a second behind the Riegler, with an aggregate time of 1:30.50.

While she held a healthy lead going into the second leg, Wiberg was still unhappy about the course conditions.

``The conditions were very difficult, with little balls of ice and I found it hard to find my rhythm,″ said Wiberg.

World Cup slalom champion Elfi Eder of Austria didn’t make it to the second run, crashing out in the first leg.

Americans Carrie Sheinberg and Shaina Mulkern also went off course in the first run while Tasha Nelson did not qualify for the second run.

Kristina Koznick was the only American to qualify for the second run but failed to finish.

Overall World Cup champion Katja Seizinger of Germany missed the race because of the flu.

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