Canada's Turgeon Wins First SG Victory

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Igls, Austria, Feb. 26 (AP by Nesha Starcevic)--Melanie Turgeon of Canada stormed to her first World Cup victory when she won a Super-G race today, beating overall leader Renate Goetschl of Austria by .36 seconds.

Turgeon came down the Olympia Patscherkofel course in 1 minute, 31.23 seconds to stun the favored Austrians.

``I really attacked the whole course. I made some mistakes but I just kept going at it all the way,'' Turgeon said.

The 23-year-old Canadian shared fifth place in Friday's downhill, won by Goetschl.

``I am very pleased,'' Goetschl said. ``It's very difficult to be on the top two days in a row.''

Turgeon's previous best was a third place in a downhill last year in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

This was Canada's first victory in a women's World Cup race since Kate Pace won a downhill in Tignes, France, in 1993.

Although she lost the race, Goetschl further stretched her overall World Cup lead over fellow Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister, who was eighth. Goetschl now leads by 144 points, with seven races left in the season. A victory is worth 100 points, second place 80.

Goetschl, who clocked 1:31.59, also remains in the lead in Super-G standings.

Melanie Suchet of France was fourth and Varvara Zelenskaya of Russia was fifth.

Turgeon and Goetschl benefited from mistakes made by some of their toughest rivals.

Mojca Suhadolc of Slovenia and Isolde Kostner of Italy, each with a Super-G victory this season, both missed gates and skidded off the course. Another victim was Regina Haeusl of Germany, who was second in Friday's downhill.

Tanja Schneieder of Austria was faster than Turgeon on the top of the course but lost time in the bottom part and had to settle for third place in 1:31.72.

``I must have had a really good bottom part because some girls were faster at the top,'' Turgeon said.

Another Super-G is scheduled for Sunday on the same course.

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