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Schild leads World Cup slalom after 1st run

Schild leads World Cup slalom after 1st run

Marlies Schild of Austria held a commanding lead after the opening run of a women's World Cup slalom Tuesday.
Schild finished in 59.00 seconds after a flawless run on the partly icy Schlossberg course, putting her in position for her first World Cup win since breaking a leg prior to last season.
"It's a great run. This was the first time I felt really well again during the race," said Schild, who started with bib No. 3. "It was very difficult, but I've been lucky to get an early start."
Kathrin Zettel of Austria was 1.02 seconds back in second place, while Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was third with 1.04 seconds to make up.
American star Lindsey Vonn finished 2.45 seconds behind Schild, one day after bruising her left lower arm in a crash in a giant slalom. The overall World Cup champion, who wore a brace on her arm, said she felt "a lot of pain" but never considered skipping the race.
"No, I wanted to race. That's the way I am. I wanted to fight," Vonn said. "If there is any way I can ski, I will race."
Vonn had no obvious mistakes but was well behind Schild from the start of her run.
"Sure it wasn't my best. I did what I could," Vonn said. "I am wearing a brace. It protects but it's not really helping. My arm hurts a lot. Everytime I hit a gate it was really painful in my wrist. My ribs, my side, pretty much my whole left side hurts a bit."
Vonn skied the final part of last season with a protective covering on her right thumb after cutting a tendon on a broken champagne bottle in Val d'Isere in February.
"This is like the world championships Part II," Vonn said. "Though my arm now hurts more than my thumb did last year."
World slalom champion Maria Riesch finished 1.58 seconds behind Schild.
Nicole Gius of Italy was the fastest starter and led Schild by 0.01 at the first intermediate time, but wasn't clean on the middle section of the course and finished 1.47 seconds behind the Austrian.
Italy's Chiara Costazza, who won the Lienz slalom two years ago, lost her balance and went out at the fourth gate.


Updated : 2021-04-22 20:20 GMT+08:00