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Austrians take first, second in slalom

AP , ASPEN, COLORADO

Olympic bronze medalist Marlies Schild won her second straight World Cup slalom race of the season on Sunday, leading Austria to another one-two finish with Nicole Hosp again taking second.

Duplicating her performance in the previous slalom this month in Finland, Schild had the fastest times in both the morning and afternoon runs, winning with an aggregate time of 1 minute, 43.18 seconds. Amazingly, the 25-year-old's margin of victory was identical, a whopping 0.80 seconds ahead of Hosp.

"The DQ yesterday gave me motivation for today," said Schild, who missed a gate just meters from the finish line on Saturday in the giant slalom.

"I was not happy about the day yesterday. I wanted to do good today and I did," she said.

It marked Schild's ninth career World Cup victory and her eighth in slalom.

Sweden's Therese Borssen finished third in 1:44.25. In Finland, Austria swept the entire podium, with Kathrin Zettel placing third. This time, Zettel, who raced to her maiden World Cup win on Saturday in the giant slalom, finished fifth, 1.57 off the pace.

With Janica Kostelic, the reigning World Cup overall and slalom champion, taking a year off to recover from chronic back and knee problems, Schild is emerging as the favorite for the season's title.

Two-time overall World Cup champion Anja Paerson, the Olympic slalom gold medalist, has been struggling since coming off surgery on her left knee after last season's finals.

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