Schild wins World Cup slalom
ZWIESEL, Germany – Marlies Schild of Austria won a World Cup slalom for the seventh time this season Sunday to claim first place in the overall standings. Julia Mancuso of the United States, second overall entering the race, finished 24th in her weakest event.Schild, who already has won the slalom season title, had the best time in both runs and totaled 1 minute, 36.67. Anna Ottosson of Sweden and Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic shared second, 2.23 seconds behind.”There’s no secret,” Schild said. “It’s important that I have a good feeling early in the run.”Schild earned 100 points, moving from third to first overall with 1,302 points. After a poor first run, Nicole Hosp of Austria finished 11th to drop to second in the standings with 1,287 points. Mancuso is third with 1,251 and Renate Goetschl, who did not race Sunday, is fourth with 1,200.Mancuso had problems on the bottom of her second run, which cost her.”It got flat and turny at the bottom and she wasn’t quick enough on her feet down there,” U.S. technical coach Chris Knight said. “She went too straight.”The last giant slalom is at the World Cup Finals, which start Thursday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.”I’m still ready to race, rock ‘n’ roll,” Mancuso said. “It’s cool to be the American in the fight. It’s boring when it’s only Austrians.”U.S. teammate Kaylin Richardson worked her way up to 19th and qualified for the World Cup Finals. Also, Resi Stiegler didn’t finish her first run after a slalom pole smacked her in the face.Sweden’s Therese Borsson, the only skier other than Schild to win a World Cup slalom this season, was seventh.Zahrobska, who beat Schild for the gold medal in the slalom at the world championships, finished on the podium for the third time this season.”I don’t think I really had to confirm anything,” Zahrobska said. “I’m happy about going from ninth in the first run to second in the end.”Ottosson is retiring after the season. She finished among the top three in the World Cup for the first time since a second-place showing in 2002.”Marlies had a great race today,” Ottosson said. “She’s not unbeatable, but she showed she’s the queen of the slalom this season.”
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