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Zettel wins giant slalom in an Austrian 1-2-3 sweep

Zettel wins giant slalom in an Austrian 1-2-3 sweep

Kathrin Zettel, Nicole Hosp and Marlies Schild gave Austria a sweep of the top three spots at a World Cup giant slalom on Thursday.
Zettel, who also won the season-opening giant slalom in Aspen, Colorado, completed the Austrian team's eighth World Cup victory this season in a combined time of 2 minutes, 9.50 seconds.
"I am astonished. I really did not believe I could beat Marlies in the second run," Zettel said. "I am so happy to win a giant slalom in Austria. This victory caps a great season."
Zettel doesn't believe there is any secret to Austria's dominance in women's skiing.
"We just make a great team together," she said. "Everyone of us wants to be the best of the world, so we all got stimulated by teammates performing well."
Hosp took second, 0.1 seconds behind, to reclaim the lead in the overall World Cup standings from Schild, who led after the first run but was 0.16 seconds behind Zettel.
"What a tough battle it has been," Hosp said. "We all have been training very hard lately and were well prepared for this race. There was hardly any difference between the three of us."
Hosp has 540 points in the overall World Cup standings, three ahead of Schild. Zettel is third with 460, followed by Renate Goetschl with 441. American skier Lindsey Kildow is fifth with 435 points.
"That would be far too premature," Hosp said of winning the overall title. "The season is still so long and there are so many competitive skiers around."
Schild lost time on the second run as she took risks in a bid to keep her lead.
"It went wrong in the final part of my race," Schild said. "I badly misjudged some curves and lost too much speed. Those mistakes came very costly."
Schild also led in the season-opening race in Aspen before dropping out.
"These errors really annoy me, but what can you do?" Schild said. "I have to live with the idea that I could have done better."
American skier Julia Mancuso finished fourth in 2:09.82 after clocking the fastest second run. Her teammate Lindsey Kildow didn't finish the first run.