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March 3, 2021

Skiing: Schild, winner at Courchevel

Austrian Marlies Schild claimed victory in the women’s World Cup slalom staged at Courchevel for the first time in 31 years on Tuesday, skysports.com informs.

Schild was in second place behind Tanja Poutiainen of Finland after the first descent but stormed to victory in one minute 34.95 seconds, with Poutianen 0.78secs back in second. Tina Maze of Slovenia had taken the lead after an attacking second run but Schild bettered her combined time by almost two seconds, leaving Poutiainen with a mountain to climb.

It is Schild’s second slalom victory of the season after she won in Levi, Finland last month and her 25th in all, putting her level on points with Poutiainen in the standings. Both Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch failed to qualify for the second run at the popular French resort after crashing out in the morning session.
World and Olympic champion Riesch was going well only to straddle a gate on the lower section, while the American lost a ski when running straight into a gate.

It means Vonn will retain her three-point lead over Riesch in the overall standings over Christmas, which she will spend with close friend because the break is too short to allow her home.

The women’s World Cup heads next to Semmering, Austria on December 28 for a giant-slalom with a slalom taking place the following day.

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