Obermoser Gets First Career Super G Win

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INNSBRUCK, Austria March 2, 2003 (AP)--Brigitte Obermoser won her first World Cup super giant slalom Sunday, helping the Austrian team cap an impressive weekend.

Obermoser had a flawless run, speeding down the bumpy slope in 1 minute, 28.06 seconds, 0.21 seconds faster than 2002 Olympic downhill champion Carole Montillet. Renate Goetschl finished third, 0.26 seconds back.

Austrians won all three races on the slopes of Mt. Patscherkofel outside Innsbruck. Goetschl won a Super G race Friday and Michaela Dorfmeister placed first in the downhill Saturday.

``It was an unbelievably successful weekend,'' said Hans Pum, Austria's alpine team chief. ``It's especially nice that three different Austrians won the three races.''

American Kirsten Clark was ninth in 1:28.52, and teammate Jonna Mendes was 12th in 1:29.09.

Obermoser, who won her first World Cup downhill before the World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, was surprised by her success, especially after a fourth-place finish in the downhill at the worlds.

``I did not think it was the best run,'' Obermoser said. ``The piste was extreme today, it felt like a washboard. My knees are still all shaky. I was already disappointed after the World Championships not having made a medal, and now that. I am baffled.

``I made the mistake to hope for a medal in St. Moritz, and was utterly disappointed afterward.''

The 27-year-old Obermoser earned her first World Cup victory in the giant slalom in Bormio in 2000.

``It was a great weekend for our team and especially for myself,'' she said. ``I have recorded a win in every discipline now, except for slalom. But I guess, I have to become 200 years old to win there, too.''

Obermoser's teammates also were happy for her.

``She has great talent and long deserved to win in this discipline,'' said Dorfmeister, the reigning Super G world champion who finished sixth Sunday.

With the win, Obermoser moved closer to the big three on the Austrian team: Goetschl, Dorfmeister and Alexandra Meissnitzer.

Meanwhile, Montillet kept her lead in the Super G World Cup standings. She has 467 points, 59 points ahead of Goetschl.

Janica Kostelic of Croatia, who finished eighth in 1:28.47, maintained her lead in the overall standings with 1,412 points after 27 races.

Dorfmeister is second with 887, followed by giant slalom specialist Karen Putzer of Italy with 847.

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