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Pressured to win on the World Cup circuit in order to supply the women's field with a dominant figure, Kostner is also being pressured back home to lift Italian skiing out of the doldrums.
Slovenia's Tina Maze won her second career World Cup race Wednesday, and defending champion Anja Paerson regained the lead in the overall standings with a second-place finish in the giant slalom.
Maria Riesch of Germany won a downhill Friday for her first World Cup victory, and Kirsten Clark of the United States broke her arm and tore knee ligaments after crashing on one of the circuit's most demanding slopes.
Kristina Koznick chose a tough path in professional skiing, and if Wednesday was indeed her farewell to the sport, it was a painful one.
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