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Austria's Schild Wins Slalom, Koznick Takes Second

SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA, Italy Jan. 8, 2005 (AP by Andrew Dampf) - Marlies Schild of Austria won a slalom Sunday for her third World Cup victory this season while Kristina Koznick was runner-up for her second top-three result this season. Check out the complete results in the related article below.

Schild, staking a claim as one of the best technical specialists, covered the two runs on the new Deborah Compagnoni course in 1 minute, 29.96 seconds, moving up from third after the first run.

``This run is not really that difficult, but I think that makes it more difficult to win,'' said Schild, who won a giant slalom and slalom in Semmering, Austria, on Dec. 28 and 29. ``More skiers can ski well on a course like this.''

Koznick, the first-run leader, was 0.15 seconds behind. Germany's Monika Bergmann-Schmuderer was third, 0.24 back, after posting the second-fastest time in the opening run. Tanja Poutiainen of Finland came in sixth and widened her lead in the overall World Cup standings. Poutiainen's rivals, Janica Kostelic and Anja Paerson, did not finish.

Kostelic missed a gate and skied off the course 25 seconds into her first run. ``My ski slipped and my body was going one way and my skis another and that was it,'' the Croat said, adding that her injured right knee was bothering her. Poutiainen leads the standings with 706 points, Kostelic has 613 and Paerson has 579.

``I'm sure they will be back. We'll see what the standings look like after two super-Gs and two downhills in Cortina next week,'' Poutiainen said. Poutiainen, who does not race super giant slalom or downhill, also leads the giant slalom and slalom standings. Schild is second to Poutiainen in the slalom standings and fifth in GS.

Koznick, fourth in the slalom standings, skied relatively pain-free for the first time since injuring her ribs in a crash at St. Moritz last month.

``I've been hurt the last couple of weeks,'' Koznick said. ``(My ribs) may be fractured. But last night I felt good for the first time in a while.''

Resi Stiegler, a 19-year-old American, was fifth after the first run but had a problem with her goggles in the second and ended up 17th.

Sunday's race was the first slalom held on the course that will host the world championships from Jan. 28 to Feb. 13. Men's races for the worlds will be held in nearby Bormio.

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