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Schild wins 4th straight World Cup slalom

 Sarah Schleper holds her son Lasse as she skies down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 29,...
 Sarah Schleper, second from left, holds her son Lasse as she poses with her teammates Julia Mancuso, left, and Lindsey Vonn, in the finish area of an...
 Lindsey Vonn, left, talks to Maria Hoefl-Riesch in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 29, ...
 Sarah Schleper waves during an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. American skier Sarah Schleper, who c...
 Sarah Schleper, left, poses with her teammate Lindsey Vonn, in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Thursda...

Austria Alpine Skiing World Cup

Sarah Schleper holds her son Lasse as she skies down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 29,...

Austria Alpine Skiing World Cup

Sarah Schleper, second from left, holds her son Lasse as she poses with her teammates Julia Mancuso, left, and Lindsey Vonn, in the finish area of an...

Austria Alpine Skiing World Cup

Lindsey Vonn, left, talks to Maria Hoefl-Riesch in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 29, ...

Austria Alpine Skiing World Cup

Sarah Schleper waves during an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. American skier Sarah Schleper, who c...

Austria Alpine Skiing World Cup

Sarah Schleper, left, poses with her teammate Lindsey Vonn, in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Thursda...

Marlies Schild won her fourth straight race in women's World Cup slalom skiing Thursday, while 16-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States placed third to become the youngest female racer on a World Cup slalom podium in 33 years.
Schild, who now has a career tally of 31 victories in the discipline, had two flawless runs to finish in an aggregate 1 minute, 51.42 seconds and beat second-place Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.79 seconds.
Shiffrin started her eighth World Cup event as No. 40, ended the opening run in 12th position before posting the fastest time in the final run. She finished 1.30 behind Schild, who lost 0.24 to Shiffrin in the final run.
Shiffrin, who became the youngest American national slalom champion last spring, impressed with an all-attacking yet error-free second run, in which she made many turns extremely close to the gates.
"I have been working so hard for this moment," said Shiffrin, who finished eighth in the Aspen slalom last month. "Schild, Zettel, Hosp, Vonn; I have been watching all these top girls for the past 10 years. And now I am here myself, it really feels crazy."
While Shiffrin stepped onto the podium for the first time, the 30-year-old Schild equaled Vreni Schneider's record with her 47th World Cup slalom podium.
Shiffrin said she was impressed by meeting Schild, one of her idols.
"It's the first time I've been talking to Marlies in person," Shiffrin said. "I couldn't believe she was congratulating me after the race. What a moment!"
Schild was just as excited by the teenager's performance.
"Of course I saw her in Aspen, she's a real talent," Schild said. "I see a lot of myself in the way she is skiing. She has all what it takes to become a great champion in the near future."
Shiffrin's American teammate Lindsey Vonn came 18th and retained the lead in the overall standings. The three-time champion has 612 points, followed by Schild with 440 and Austria's Anna Fenninger, who usually skips slalom, with 368.
Defending overall champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany had costly mistakes in the steep final part of both her runs and finished ninth, 1.99 behind Schild. In the overall standings, Hoefl-Riesch is fifth with 326 points.
After a solid first run, Vonn lost speed and time going into the final section of her second run, finishing 3.01 off the lead.
Vonn hasn't been on a slalom podium for more than two years.
"It's getting closer (to the podium)," she said. "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 of her first run when her right ski hit a gate and she lost balance.
After a short break, the women's World Cup will continue on Tuesday with another slalom event in Zagreb, Croatia.


Updated : 2020-11-30 09:00 GMT+08:00