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Tina Weirather wins World Cup super-G race

December 14, 2013

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein followed up three recent second-place finishes with her first victory of the World Cup season, winning a women’s super-G on Saturday.

Weirather timed 1 minute, 17.38 seconds in near-perfect race conditions on a still, sunny day, having been runner-up twice last weekend and once in November.

Stacey Cook was the best-placed American in 16th, 1.74 behind Weirather. Lindsey Vonn, who won this race last year, skipped the St. Moritz race weekend. She has chosen a lighter World Cup schedule to manage a knee injury before the Sochi Olympics.

After a stellar 2013 season, the U.S. team is still seeking a first podium finish after six speed races in this World Cup campaign.

Kajsa Kling of Sweden raced down from start No. 44 to be runner-up, 0.31 seconds behind.

Anna Fenninger of Austria was third, trailing Weirather by 0.39, for her fourth podium finish in nine races.

Pre-race favorite Lara Gut of Switzerland was seventh, 1.12 back, and retained her lead in the overall and super-G standings.

Weirather earned 100 race points and moved up to second overall, trailing Gut by 37.

Weirather’s second career World Cup victory was also her second in super-G. The 24-year-old racer won in March at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Her mother, Hanni Wenzel, won 33 World Cup races including two overall titles in 1978 and ’80. Wenzel’s standout 1980 season included two gold medals and one silver at the Lake Placid Olympics.

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