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Schild leads World Cup slalom after 1st run

Schild leads World Cup slalom after 1st run

Marlies Schild of Austria looked set for a fourth straight victory after taking a commanding lead in the first run of a women's World Cup slalom on Thursday.
Schild finished the Hochstein course in 54.62 seconds to lead second-place Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.54. Manuela Moelgg of Italy came 0.72 behind in third.
"My run was really good, though I did not push to the limit in the final part," said Schild, who won all three slaloms this season and has a career tally of 30 victories in the discipline.
Defending overall champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany was 0.89 back in fifth, and World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn of the United States placed sixth, 0.98 behind Schild.
Hoefl-Riesch lost pace as she slid wide at one of the turns on the steep final section of the course.
"That mistake has cost me some time," Hoefl-Riesch said. "The slope is not easy, but the course setting is. And the snow is not too hard to race on, it's neither icy nor aggressive, so you can attack all the way."
Vonn started fast and was second to Schild at the first intermediate time. The three-time overall champion avoided major mistakes and was looking for a second top-10 finish within a week after placing eighth in Flachau, Austria.
"This was good, really good," said Vonn, who hasn't been on a slalom podium for more than two years. "It's getting closer (to the podium). I am hoping to get back in the (starting) top 15 and that will help a lot."
Vonn said she has gained confidence in the technical events again this season, helped by her victory in the giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, in October.
"I know I have the speed, it's a matter of putting two runs together," she said. "I just feel comfortable in any race right now. Every time I am in the starting gate, I am going to try to win. I am just having fun."
Vonn's American teammate Julia Mancuso skied out just a few seconds after the start when her right ski hit a gate and she lost balance.
Another American, 16-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin, started No. 40 and had a flawless run to place 12th. Shiffrin finished eighth at a slalom in Aspen, Colorado, last month.


Updated : 2021-07-27 19:40 GMT+08:00