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Nicole Hosp Wins World Cup Giant Slalom

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP by Andrew Dampf) - Nicole Hosp is becoming a multi-medal threat for the Turin Olympics. The Austrian skied a flawless second run to win a World Cup giant slalom Sunday. Her first victory of the season came at the perfect time - 12 days before the Winter Games begin.

It was the fourth win of the 22-year-old's career and her first since she broke her ankle two years ago. Hosp also has top-four finishes in slalom, super giant slalom and combined this season.

"Last season was very difficult with a lot of injuries, Hosp said. "This season started very good but my skiing was not at 100 percent until now.

Hosp was fourth after the opening run. Her two-run time was 2 minutes, 33.51 seconds. Genevieve Simard of Canada was second, .31 seconds behind, and Elisabeth Goergl of Austria was third to match her result from Saturday's downhill.

Julia Mancuso of the United States concluded an impressive weekend with a fifth-place finish. She was second in Friday's super-G and Saturday's downhill.

Mancuso won a bronze medal in GS at last year's world championships. This was her best result in the discipline this season.

"I haven't had the best results in GS so I was just trying to do my best, she said. "I didn't push it too much because I think a semi-decent finish is important for me. We have two more GS races next weekend, but this will just give me a little more confidence.

Mancuso's teammate, Lindsey Kildow, fell on the first run.

Defending overall World Cup champion Anja Paerson finished sixth and remained atop the GS standings. Paerson sat out Saturday's downhill, deciding the course was too dangerous.

"For me it was not enough good conditions, she said. "It was the first time I turned in my bib in my career.

Janica Kostelic came in seventh and kept her lead in the overall standings. Only three women's races remain before the Olympics - two giant slaloms and a slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany, next weekend.

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Results]

1. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 2 minutes, 33.51 seconds (1:15.90-1:17.61).
2. Genevieve Simard, Canada, 2:33.82 (1:15.86-1:17.96).
3. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 2:34.08 (1:15.81-1:18.27).
4. Allison Forsyth, Canada, 2:34.11 (1:16.33-1:17.78).
5. Julia Mancuso, United States, 2:34.38 (1:15.98-1:18.40).
6. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 2:34.53 (1:16.23-1:18.30).
7. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 2:34.71 (1:17.14-1:17.57).
8. Andrea Fischbacher, Austria, 2:35.23 (1:16.72-1:18.51).
9. Michaela Kirchgasser, Austria, 2:35.41 (1:16.77-1:18.64).
10. Denise Karbon, Italy, 2:35.43 (1:17.30-1:18.13).
11. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 2:35.50 (1:16.25-1:19.25).
12. Manuela Moelgg, Italy, 2:35.54 (1:17.76-1:17.78).
13. Eveline Rohregger, Austria, 2:35.57 (1:17.69-1:17.88).
14. Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Sweden, 2:35.62 (1:17.95-1:17.67).
15. Karen Putzer, Italy, 2:35.75 (1:17.25-1:18.50).
28. Stacey Cook, United States, 2:37.69 (1:18.70-1:18.99).
Brigitte Acton, Canada; Libby Ludlow, United States; Jessica Kelley, United States; Resi Stiegler, United States; Sophie Splawinski, Canada; did not qualify for second run.
Kristina Koznick, United States, disqualified, first run.
Sarah Schleper, United States; Lindsey Kildow, United States; Cristina Lustenberger, Canada; Lauren Ross, United States; did not finish first run.
Kristen Mielke, United Statse, did not start first run.

Overall World Cup Standings
(After 24 events)

1. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1,264 points.
2. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1,030.
3. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 941.
4. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 690.
5. Lindsey Kildow, United States, 683.
6. Marlies Schild, Austria, 629.
7. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 621.
8. Julia Mancuso, United States, 529.
9. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 510.
10. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 448.
17. Genevieve Simard, Canada, 265.
18. Kirsten Clark, United States, 259.
22. Kristina Koznick, United States, 222.
24. Allison Forsyth, Canada, 202.
28. Emily Brydon, Canada, 177.
41. Kelly Vanderbeek, Canada, 125.
43. Libby Ludlow, United States, 121.
48. Caroline Lalive, United States, 100.
55. Stacey Cook, United States, 78.
65. Sherry Lawrence, Canada, 50.
67. Resi Stiegler, United States, 46.
76. Brigitte Acton, Canada, 35.
77. Sarah Schleper, United States, 34.
80. Shona Rubens, Canada, 29.
87. Kaylin Richardson, United States, 20.
92. Jonna Mendes, United States, 14.
97. Bryna McCarty, United States, 12.
98. Lauren Ross, United States, 11.

World Cup Giant Slalom Standings
(After five races)

1. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 325 points.
2. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 306.
3. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 240.
4. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 235.
5. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 228.
6. Maria Jose Rienda Contreras, Spain, 205.
7. Genevieve Simard, Canada, 153.
8. Andrea Fischbacher, Austria, 129.
9. Anna Ottosson, Sweden, 125.
10. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 122.
11. Marlies Schild, Austria, 114. 12. Allison Forsyth, Canada, 110.
17. Julia Mancuso, United States, 95.
23. Kristina Koznick, United States, 42.
26. Brigitte Acton, Canada, 33.
32. Emily Brydon, Canada, 20.
43. Lindsey Kildow, United States, 7.
46. Stacey Cook, United States, 3.

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