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Spanish Skier Wins Giant Slalom

December 10, 2005

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) _ Marie Jose Rienda Contreras of Spain edged reigning overall champion Anja Paerson of Sweden on Saturday to capture a World Cup giant slalom at the Aspen Winternational.

Julia Mancuso was the top U.S. finisher in 12th place.

Rienda, who earned her third World Cup victory, won in a combined time of 1 minute, 57.17 seconds. She was followed by Paereson and Kathrin Zettel of Austria.

The 30-year-old Rienda led by one-tenth of a second after the first run and managed to hold on while racing in the early afternoon shadows on Aspen Mountain.

Paerson, fifth after the first run, was timed at 1:57.51 while Zettel finished in 1:57.53.

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