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Zettel leads World Cup slalom after 1st run

Zettel leads World Cup slalom after 1st run

Kathrin Zettel of Austria led a women's World Cup slalom race after the opening leg Sunday.
Zettel finished her run on the Crveni Spust course in 59.26 seconds to edge teammate Marlies Schild by 0.03 seconds.
"I am very happy with this run," said Zettel, who started first. "Although there are sections of the course where I didn't push it to the maximum."
Slalom world champion Maria Riesch of Germany was 0.22 back in third. Overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn, still hampered by a bruised left arm, had 1.71 seconds to make up in the second run.
"It still hurts a lot," said Vonn, who crashed in a giant slalom race Monday. "Hopefully, I can ski a bit faster in the second run."
Schild, who won a slalom on Tuesday in Lienz, Austria, led Zettel by 0.67 seconds before losing balance on one ski at the flat final section.
"That was my own mistake. I didn't have a close enough look during the course inspection," Schild said. "I took many risks and had to fight in the end."
Schild returned this season after breaking a leg in October 2008. She trails Riesch by 23 points in the discipline standings after four of eight slalom races.
"I didn't know why things went wrong," said Riesch, who finished 14th in the final slalom of 2009. "I have been doing well in training. It's going to be an exciting second run."
Anna Goodman of Canada crashed at the penultimate gate, slid off-course and was treated for an apparent right knee injury.