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Chiara Costazza wins women's World Cup slalom race

Chiara Costazza wins women's World Cup slalom race

Chiara Costazza won a women's slalom race on Saturday for her first career World Cup victory.
The 23-year-old Italian, who led after the first leg, finished her second run on the Hochstein course in 57.01 seconds for a combined time of 1 minute, 54.97 seconds.
Nicole Hosp took second, 0.68 seconds behind Costazza, and overtook Lindsey Vonn, who finished 25th, on top of the overall standings.
Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was third, 0.86 seconds behind.
Costazza is the first Italian in 10 years to win a women's World Cup slalom, and the first non-Austrian winner since Dec. 29, 2006, when Therese Borssen of Sweden won in Semmering, Austria.
Italy's Denise Karbon also won Friday's giant slalom.
"What a couple of great days for Italian skiing to end the year with," said Costazza, whose best previous World Cup result was third at the Reiteralm slalom earlier this season. "I felt the pressure and was a bit nervous going into my second run but just tried to do my best and avoid mistakes."
Hosp lost time halfway through her second leg as she briefly lost control and balanced on her right ski with her left leg up in the air.
"It's incredible to finish second after such an error," Hosp said. "After that, I just went down as fast as I possibly could. I am happy that it worked out fine."
Several favorites did not qualify for the second run _ Julia Mancuso was 31st and slalom world champion Sarka Zahrobska 37th.
Marlies Schild, who won two of three previous slalom races this season, had a very fast start to the first leg but went out after losing control of a ski while turning in a sharp curve.
Anja Paerson had a few errors in the upper part of the course and quit the race in disappointment shortly before the finish line.
Kathrin Zettel also went out after sliding off-course halfway her run.
The women's World Cup circuit continues with a giant slalom and a slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, on Jan. 5-6, 2008.


Updated : 2021-05-16 19:47 GMT+08:00