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Zettel wins World Cup giant slalom

Zettel wins World Cup giant slalom

Kathrin Zettel won the season-opening women's World Cup giant slalom Saturday after posting the fastest time in the second leg.
The 22-year-old Austrian finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 22.99 seconds to beat Tanja Poutiainen of Finland, who led after the first run, by 0.98 seconds.
It was Zettel's third World Cup victory, and the first time since 2002 that an Austrian racer won the traditional opening race on the Rettenbach course.
"This is a dream, to win here by a second is really incredible," said Zettel, who was pain-free after a couple of injury-plagued seasons. "The past season wasn't easy for me. I had a lot of ups and downs, went into races with pain, but I kept fighting. I am proud to be a winner again."
Poutiainen also led after the opening run last year, but was overtaken by giant slalom champion Denise Karbon.
"This is a bitter result. It's not easy to take," Poutiainen said. "But second place is a podium place, so I should be happy with that. And Kathrin was very fast in the second run. I wouldn't beat her time even if I could try again."
Andrea Fischbacher was third, 1.48 seconds behind, and Karbon was fourth, trailing Zettel by 1.51.
"This is very special to me, I feel like the shining sun," said Fischbacher, who had her first top three finish in a giant slalom.
Karbon blamed her opening run for not being able to repeat last year's victory.
"I was very, very nervous going into that first run," Karbon said.
Defending overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn was ninth, Chemmy Alcott equaled Zettel's second-run time to finish 10th, and Olympic giant slalom champion Julia Mancuso was 17th place.
Nicole Hosp, seen by many as a favorite for the overall title, was eighth after the opening run and skied off-course in the second leg.
A men's giant slalom in Soelden is scheduled for Sunday, while the women's circuit continues with a slalom in Levi, Finland, on Nov. 15.


Updated : 2021-06-18 05:46 GMT+08:00