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February 24, 2021

Skiing: Schild takes Zagreb slalom

Austrian Marlies Schild mastered difficult conditions to claim a convincing victory in the women’s World Cup slalom race in Zagreb, skysports.com informs.

Schild, who had already won three slaloms this season, set a combined time of 2 minutes 1.80 seconds to finish 0.75 seconds ahead of Olympic champion Maria Riesch. Manuela Moelgg of Italy was in third place after losing a lot of time in the second run, while Tanja Poutiainen produced a fantastic final run to climb to fourth.

Thick fog cover and an icy course led to many racers crashing out, including defending overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn. The American was already 1.62 seconds down when she lost balance in a right turn and slid off course during the first run, allowing Riesch to extend her lead in this season’s overall standings.

Schild was on top after the first run as she fought through similarly poor conditions to post a mark of 1:01.09, with Moelgg taking advantage of slightly better conditions to finish 0.19 seconds back.

The Italian could not recreate that in the second run, however, as she fell behind the mark already set by Riesch but had enough of an advantage to hold onto the final podium position.

Schild was slower than Riesch on the second run by one-hundredth of a second but had enough of a lead after the first run to ease to victory. “I couldn’t see much, just the next gate. It was like flying blind. I didn’t feel like having a good run,” Schild said of the poor visibility after her first run. “In the second run, Riesch again delivered a sensational performance but I hung in there.”

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