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Flemmen Wins Giant Slalom

October 24, 1998

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) _ Andrine Flemmen launched the ski season today by scoring her first World Cup victory in the giant slalom and becoming the first Norwegian woman to win the event.

Flemmen led after the first run and stayed in front to finish with a two-run aggregate time of 2 minutes, 15.05 seconds.

Right behind her were Austrian Alexandra Meissnitzer and Olympic champion Deborah Compagnoni of Italy.

Delighting the home fans lining the 1,207-foot course, Meissnitzer had the fastest second run and compiled a combined time of 2:15.31.

Compagnoni, second after the opening leg, slipped to third with a time of 2:15.62.

Leila Piccard of France was fourth in 1:07.38, followed by Switzerland’s Sonja Nef, who recorded identical times in both runs to finish fifth, 1.35 off the winner’s time.

Last year’s World Cup giant slalom champion Martina Ertl finished back in 10th, trailing Flemmen by more than 2.5 seconds.

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