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March 11, 2005
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) – Austria’s Michaela Dorfmeister won the final super giant slalom of the season Friday, capturing the World Cup title in the discipline.
Sweden’s Anja Paerson extended her lead over Croatia’s Janica Kostelic in the overall standings with a third-place finish.
Dorfmeister, the 2001-02 overall winner, added to her giant slalom trophy from 1999-00 and the downhill crown last year.
She was the last skier on the course and needed to finish only ninth once countrywoman Renate Goetschl, who skied immediately before her, was outside the top three.
Dorfmeister took nothing for granted, however, racing down the course to win the title in emphatic fashion with a time of 1 minute, 12.38 seconds, 0.30 seconds ahead of another Austrian, Marlies Schild.
Paerson was 0.58 behind and opened an 89-point lead in the overall World Cup standings over Kostelic, who finished 15th.
Paerson leads Kostelic 1,333 points to 1,244 with only Saturday’s slalom and Sunday’s giant slalom remaining.
Dorfmeister finished with 493 super-G points while Goetschl, who won the downhill race and season title Thursday, finished with 416 after coming fifth in Friday’s race.
Lindsey Kildow of the United States was fourth Friday to end up third in the super-G standings with 396 points.