WINTER PARK, Colo. (AP) _ Kristina Koznick of Burnsville, Minn., coming off the best World Cup result of her career, took control on the first run Saturday and cruised to victory by more than a half-second in the first NorAm Cup women's slalom of the season.

Koznick, troubled for most of last season by a back ailment, had a two-run time of 1 minute, 26.94 seconds at Winter Park Resort. The second-place skier was Petra Haltmeyer of Germany, with a time of 1:27.47.

Tasha Nelson of Mound, Minn., who grew up as Koznick's teammate at Buck Hill Ski Area outside the Twin Cities, was third (1:27.80).

Koznick was fourth last Sunday in a World Cup slalom concluding the Chevy Truck America's Opening races at Park City, Utah, earning an Olympic berth with the top-five finish.

Two other Americans were in the top-10 Saturday in a field heavy with Europeans who raced in Park City and stayed in this country to race because of poor conditions in Europe. Sarah Schleper of Vail, Colo., who won the opening NorAm Cup giant slalom Friday at Winter Park, was fifth and Carrie Sheinberg of Port Washington, N.Y., was seventh.