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Schleper ninth in Italy slalom

Daily Staff Report

Vail’s Sarah Schleper and Minnesota’s Kristina Koznick and tied for ninth Wednesday in a World Cup slalom in Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, while Resi Stiegler, of Jackson Hole, Wyo., had the third-fastest final run and jumped into 13th place.

Austrian Nicole Hosp, the first-run leader, won in 1 minute, 37.97 seconds as the women raced on an icy, steep pitch for the second straight day.

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It was the fourth straight top-three for Hosp, who earned the second World Cup win of her career. World Cup leader Anja Paerson of Sweden was second in 1:38.26 and Marlies Schild, another Austrian, completed the podium (1:38.50).

Schleper and Koznick were timed in 1:39.95; Schleper was sixth on the first run and Koznick seventh with Stiegler 27th. Stiegler took advantage of a nearly clean course on her second run and tore through the gates to advance 14 spots with a total time of 1:40.19 in the 30-degree weather.

U.S. women’s slalom/giant-slalom head coach Wolfi Erharter, who set the second course, said, “Resi was hungry. She really attacked. Two top-10s and a 13th are not bad but, of course, the girls want more. They know they’re capable of more … and it will come. For sure, Sarah and Kristina know they’re capable of top-five, top-three … and Resi wants that, too.”

He said the group would take two days off, train for a couple of days before the Christmas break and then prepare for the GS and slalom Dec. 27-28 in Lienz, Austria.

“A little down time, some training and they will recharge their (mental) batteries … and be ready for Lienz,” he said.

The race, following a slalom Tuesday that had been moved from the Czech Republic because of poor conditions, had been moved to Madonna because of poor snow in Vratna, Slovakia, too. The next women’s World Cup races are a downhill and super-G over the weekend in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

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