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Paerson Wins Slalom Title Again

January 6, 2002

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MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) _ World champion Anja Paerson charged through her second run Sunday to narrowly win her fourth straight title in a World Cup slalom, where two Americans cracked the top 10.

The 20-year-old Swede, in second after the first leg, attacked every gate of the course on the closing leg to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 41.14 seconds.

Laure Pequegnot of France, the first run leader, was second, .08 seconds behind.

The winner of Friday’s giant slalom, Sonja Nef of Switzerland, finished third, using a strong second run to trail Paerson by 1.49 seconds.

Sarah Schleper of Vail, Colo., who has had a string of good results recently, finished fifth, while Kristina Koznick of Burnesville, Minn., was seventh.

Janica Kostelic, the defending World Cup champion still trying to regain her form after injuries, was 10th.

Unlike a day earlier, when the course was flat and hard, the course Sunday was icy and the turns were more difficult, particularly for the lower order racers who had to trudge through some cracks and ruts.

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