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Meissnitzer Grabs Super-G Gold

November 29, 1998

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) _ Alexandra Meissnitzer completed the hat trick for powerhouse Austria at the women’s World Cup races, winning the super-giant slalom with a flawless run Sunday.

Meissnitzer, who came into the race with two previous World Cup super-G wins, flashed down the slick course in 1 minute, 17.32 seconds to claim the gold.

Austrian Renate Goetschl, who won downhills Friday and Saturday, failed to finish the super-G when she missed a gate in an area near the end of the course known as Double Trouble. Goetschl was ahead of Meissnitzer’s pace at the time. In all, 12 racers didn’t complete the race.

``I’m going to Calgary, and I think maybe I’ll drink a beer or two,″ said a beaming Meissnitzer, 25, who finished third in Friday’s downhill. ``This week says we’re a strong team. Lake Louise wasn’t always a good slope for us.

``It just keeps getting better and better here. It’s good for us and the whole team is confident.″

Sweden’s Pernilla Wiberg, the first skier of the day, set a fast time of 1:17.75, which left her on tops until the ninth-starting Meissnitzer finished her run.

Third was Hilde Gerg of Germany, timed in 1:17.80.

Austria served notice it’s the team to beat this season.

The Germans have been weakened by the loss of ace Katja Seizinger to injury. But her absence aside, the Austrians _ with the apt slogan Power Team emblazoned on the back of their uniforms _ consistently placed four or five skiers in the top 10 all weekend.

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