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Goetschl wins World Cup super-G race

Goetschl wins World Cup super-G race

Renate Goetschl won a super-G race Friday for her 43rd World Cup victory.
The Austrian skier completed the course used for last year's Turin Olympics in 1 minute, 24.90 seconds for her fifth win this season.
After injuring herself and undergoing surgery at the end of last season, Goetschl considered retirement. She's now glad she returned.
"I'm having a lot of fun right now," Goetschl said. "It's not easy to win on this hill because it's not very difficult. It's always interesting though, you never know what's going to happen."
The Fraiteve Olympique course is wider than most speed courses and contains fewer turns. Because it is so straightforward, the margin of victory is usually very small, making it tougher to win.
One of the things that inspired Goetschl to return this season was switching ski brands. Now she has the Atomics that Michaela Dorfmeister used to win both the super-G and downhill at the Olympics.
"You really have to have fast skis here and not make any mistakes," Goetschl said. "You have to find a really straight line."
Lindsey Kildow of the United States was second, 0.09 seconds behind, to avenge her crash in downhill training at the Olympics.
"It just gives me confidence that I could have done it, and today I did," Kildow said. "I wanted to prove something to myself on this hill."
Kildow was faster than Goetschl at the first two checkpoints, but lost speed on the bottom section of the course.
Christine Sponring of Austria was third, 0.90 out, for only the second podium of her career after a second-place finish in a slalom in Copper Mountain, Colorado five seasons ago.
Julia Mancuso of the United States finished eighth, ending her streak of five straight podiums.
"I don't know how to be that much faster. I tucked my heart out," Mancuso said.
Mancuso still picked up points on the two women ahead of her _ Austria's Marlies Schild and Nicole Hosp _ in the overall World Cup standings.
Hosp finished 11th and Schild was 18th.
Schild leads the overall standings with 894 points, Hosp is second with 852 and Mancuso is third with 826. Goetschl is fourth with 821 points.
Hosp said she will skip Saturday's downhill to rest. Mancuso was looking forward to the next race.
"I think the downhill is better for me here because there is a little more speed," Mancuso said.
Goetschl has now won three of the four super-Gs this season and holds a 140-point lead in the discipline standings over Hosp with only two super-Gs remaining.
Goetschl also improved her third-place standing on the career victories list. She trails only Annemarie Moser-Proell (62 wins) and Vreni Schneider (55).
Friday's race was moved from Altenmarkt due to poor weather in the Austrian resort earlier this month.
A downhill is scheduled for Saturday, followed by another super-G on Sunday.