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Koz 9th in Are

Are, Sweden, Jan. 31, 2002 -- World Cup leader Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria led both runs Thursday en route to winning the last pre-Olympic giant slalom by more than a second while Kristina Koznick (Burnsville, MN) had the second-fastest final run and moved up 10 spots to finish ninth.

The race will be shown Monday night at 8 EST on Outdoor Life Network.

Dorfmeister's winning time was 2:24.71 with Swede Anja Paerson second in 2:25.89. Sonja Nef of Switzerland, who was looking to clinch the World Cup GS title, took third place in 2:26.36. In March, Nef will head into the final giant slalom with a 20-point margin over Dorfmeister. Overall, the Austrian has 926 points and is 167 points ahead of Nef.

Koznick was 19th in the first run and finished with a total time of 2:27.13 for the best giant slalom result of her career.

Elisabetta Biavaschi of Italy was knocked out of the upcoming Olympics when she broke her right leg in a bad crash during the first run,

The final pre-Olympic downhill is scheduled for Saturday with a slalom (and combined calculation) Sunday.

FIS CAFE DE COLOMBIA WORLD CUP

Are, SWE - Jan. 31

Women's GS
1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 2:24.71
2. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 2:25.89
3. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 2:26.36
4. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 2:26.44
5. Fraenzi Aufdenblatten, Switzerland, 2:26.59
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9. Kristina Koznick, Burnsville, MN, 2:27.13
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Did not qualify for 2nd run: Alex Shaffer, Park City, UT
Did not qualify for 2nd run: Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO
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DNF-1: Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA
DNF-1: Lindsey C. Kildow, Vail, CO

Women's Overall
1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 926 points
2. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 759
3. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 724
4. Hilde Gerg, Germany, 711
5. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 707
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7. Kristina Koznick, Burnsville, MN, 512
21. Sarah Schleper, Vail, 320
26. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME, 263
28. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, CO, 239
45. Picabo Street, Park City, UT, 136
60. Jonna Mendes, Heavenly, CA, 83
72. Katie Monahan, Aspen, CO, 62
86. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, 33
94. Lindsey C. Kildow, Vail, 19

Giant Slalom Overall
1. Sonja Nef, Switzerland, 474
2. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 454
3. Andrine Flemmen, Norway, 335
4. Stina Hofgard Nilsen, Norway, 330
5. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 324
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20. Sarah Schleper, Vail, 98
22. Kristina Koznick, Burnsville, MN, 94
32. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME, 47

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