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Dorfmeister shines on Super-G as tour in N America ends

AP , LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTAAP, BEAVER CREEK, COLORADOAP, TRONDHEIM, NORWAY

Michaela Dorfmeister gave Austria its first women's World Cup victory of the season Sunday, edging out compatriot Renate Goetschl to claim a super-giant slalom in the finale of a two-week North American trip.

Dorfmeister won her first race at Lake Louise, skiing through falling snow to win in 1 minute, 16.24 seconds. Goetschl was second for the second straight day, finishing in 1:16.39 for her third consecutive top-5 finish.

Lindsey Kildow of the US, who won Friday's downhill and was fifth in a second downhill Saturday, was third in 1:16.64.

Dorfmeister, who sometimes brings her pet rat with her on the World Cup circuit, said there was pressure on the Austrian women to win after seven races in the World Cup season.

"The pressure is always on Austrians," said Dorfmeister, 31, who had finished second three times and third once in previous years at Lake Louise.

"The press wants to have some victories. Now we have our first victory. It's a very good beginning for the Austrian girls. For me it was a very good beginning. I went 120 percent. I had more luck than yesterday and I'm very happy."

It was a weekend of firsts for Kildow. The 20-year-old won her first downhill race and notched her best-ever super-G finish.

"Not bad," Kildow laughed. "It beats all my results from last year already in three days. I can't be too disappointed in that."

The results from the first super-G of the season left Finland's Tanja Poutiainen, who does not compete in the speed disciplines, atop the overall standings with 340 points. Sweden's Anja Paerson, who finished 12th with a time of 1:17.47, closed within 29 points, whil Croatia's Janica Kostelic, who was fifth Sunday with a time of 1:16.81, was next with 283 points.

Goetschl was fourth with 237.

The women's World Cup circuit returns to Europe on Dec. 11-12 for a super-giant slalom and slaom in Altenmarkt, Austria.

Austrian Benjamin Raich held off teammate Rainer Schoenfelder Sunday to win the first slalom of the World Cup ski season.

Raich, second after the first run, completed his two trips down the Birds of Prey course in a total of 1 minute, 51.06 seconds, edging Giorgio Rocca of Italy by 21-hundredths of a second.

Schoenfelder, the defending World Cup slalom champion who led by one-hundredth of a second in the first run, struggled on his final trip and finished third in 1:51.55.

"This is a great day for me," Raich said after his 14th World Cup win. "Before my second run, my goal was to be first, so this is the best part."

American Bode Miller, the World Cup leader who won four of the first five races of the season and hoping to become the first US man to win the overall title since Phil Mahre in 1983, skied out in the first run for the second day in a row. He hooked a ski tip midway down the run and went off course.

He continues to lead the points with 480 with Austrian Hermann Maier, who did not race Sunday, is second with 274.

Janne Ahonen won his fourth straight World Cup ski jumping competition with two consistent rides in northern Norway.

The 27-year-old Finn narrowly trailed home favorite Roar Ljokelsoy and Martin Hollwarth of Austria in third place after a 123m effort in the first round.

In the second round, Ahonen jumped 124.5m to stay unbeaten.

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