Maria Jose Rienda of Spain won her second giant slalom of the season on Friday to establish herself as one of the Olympic favorites.
Rienda had the fastest time in both runs to win in 2 minutes, 19.52 seconds, a week before the Turin Games starts. She was .64 seconds ahead of Sweden's Anja Paerson, with Austrian Kathrin Zettel third in 1:11.02.
"I'm feeling good and I will try to feel the same at the Olympics," Rienda said. "I'm skiing so well -- I think it was perfect today."
The 30-year-old Rienda won her fourth career race, all coming during the past two seasons. She picked up her second win this season after Aspen, Colorado.
The veteran Spaniard, sixth in the giant slalom at the last Olympics, became the first skier to win the discipline twice this season. The five previous races had produced five different winners.
"She can take the favorite role, I don't mind. She is skiing very well right now," Paerson said. "In giant slalom, we really have a tight top -- a lot of girls are skiing well."
Paerson is the world champion and tops the giant slalom season standings, ahead of Janica Kostelic.
The Swede came down the second run a huge .84 seconds ahead of Zettel and appeared poised to win her 32nd World Cup race.
But Rienda, the last racer left, turned on the speed in the middle of a course covered with icy snow -- the fastest part -- to eclipsed Paerson's time.
"I think I beat her in only one place today -- the start," Paerson said. "She beat the heck out of me everywhere else."
American Julia Mancuso was 10th, while triple Olympic gold medalist Janica Kostelic was 14th after two mistake-riddled runs.
Like Kostelic, her longtime rival, Paerson is a threat to win several golds at the Olympics. Both have recorded World Cup wins this season in all four major disciplines.
Paerson planned to skip the World Cup to concentrate on Turin, then changed her mind when a giant slalom canceled at Maribor, Slovenia, was added to give Ofterschwang three races.
The 24-year-old, who is still chasing her first Olympic gold, also wanted to test her form in the slalom and giant slalom after the women's tour recently went through a series of speed races.
"I'm feeling good about my racing," said Paerson, who won a super-G last weekend. "Right now I'm trying to get in a rhythm."
Another giant slalom will be held Saturday and a slalom Sunday -- the final races before the Winter Games start Feb. 10.
Benjamin Raich came back from 17th place after the downhill leg to win a men's World Cup super-combi on Friday and extend his lead atop the overall standings.
The Austrian completed the morning's shortened downhill and lengthy afternoon slalom to win in a combined time of 2 minutes, 36.48 seconds. Teammate Rainer Schoenfelder was runner-up in 2:37.31.
Bode Miller, returning from a golfing break in Dubai, placed third in 2:37.47 for his third podium result in the combined this season.
The reigning overall champion, who was second in the traditional combined event in Kitzbuehel, Austria, two weeks ago and third in the super-combi in Val d'Isere, France, in December, is a favorite for the Olympic title later this month.
Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway, who posted the fastest time in the morning's downhill leg, finished back with the pack after losing time all the way down the slalom track.