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Chiara Costazza wins women's World Cup slalom race

Chiara Costazza wins women's World Cup slalom race

After winning her first career World Cup victory Saturday, Chiara Costazza was equally quick to share the praise with the Italian team.
"During the race, you rely on yourself. But for the rest (of the time), skiing is a team sport," Costazza said after beating Nicole Hosp by 0.68 seconds in the slalom.
"We work so well together in our team. There is always a great atmosphere and everyone pushes the other to do better."
On Friday, Costazza's teammate Denise Karbon won a women's World Cup 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.
Costazza, 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.
Hosp overtook Lindsey Vonn, who finished 25th, on top of the overall standings.
Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was third, 0.86 seconds behind.
Costazza, 23, was 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.
"I felt the pressure and was a bit nervous going into my second run but just tried to do my best and avoid mistakes," Costazza added.
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."
Hosp was the only Austrian skier to land on the podium at the four recent World Cup races in Austria _ last week in St. Anton am Arlberg and this week in Lienz.
"There was much pressure on us to do well in these home races, so one single podium finish is obviously a disappointing result," said Hosp, the defending overall World Cup champion. "However, it's great to end the year on top of the rankings but I can't take anything for granted yet."
Poutiainen said she surprised herself with a second slalom podium finish this season.
"That's a bit weird as the giant slalom suits me best," Poutiainen said. "But we worked a lot on the slalom over the summer so all the hard work in training now leads to good results in the races."
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 : 2021-05-18 17:01 GMT+08:00