Italy’s Karbon wins giant slalom |

Italy’s Karbon wins giant slalom

Manuela Moelgg, of Italy, passes a gate during the first run of women's World Cup skiing giant slalom at Panorama, British Columbia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
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PANORAMA, British Columbia ” Italy’s Denise Karbon won her second consecutive World Cup giant slalom to open the season.

She had a two-run time of 2 minutes, 42.71 seconds.

Austria’s Elisabeth Gorgl was second in 2:43.13, and Italy’s Manuela Moelgg finished third in 2:43.22.

The 5-foot-3 Karbon, her career derailed by a series of injuries, also won the season-opener Oct. 27 in Soelden, Austria, for her first career victory.

“Now I’m skiing maybe the best I ever have,” Karbon said. “With injuries, you learn a lot always, especially to believe in yourself and have confidence and patience.”

Karbon has torn her anterior cruciate ligament in her knee three times and required five operations on it during her career, which was thought to be over when she didn’t finish the second run of the giant slalom at the 2006 Olympics. Karbon’s recovery began last season when she won a bronze medal at the world championship.

The 27-year-old was fourth after the first run Saturday and her time of 1:19.44 a second time through the 53 gates survived an attack by defending world and World Cup champion Nicole Hosp of Australia.

Hosp had the fastest time in the opening run, but she skidded sideways on the upper portion of the course on her second pass and lost too much time to make up at the bottom.

American Julia Mancuso was 10th, while teammate Resi Stiegler was 12th.

A slalom is scheduled for Sunday.

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