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CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy Jan. 14, 2005 (AP by Andrew Dampf)–Austria’s Renate Goetschl won her second straight super-G World Cup race Friday, confirming her role as a favorite for this month’s world championships.
Goetschl, who had not won this season before coming to Cortina and now leads the super-G standings, covered the sun-drenched course in 1 minute, 13.98 seconds. Lindsey Kildow of the United States was second, just 0.08 seconds behind, for her fifth podium finish this season. Austria’s Silvia Berger was third, 0.73 back.
Goetschl’s record seventh victory on the Olympia delle Tofane course followed her win in Wednesday’s race at this Italian resort.
With 35 World Cup victories, Goetschl trails Germany’s Katja Seizinger by one for third place on the career list. Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell leads with 62 wins, and Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider is next with 55.
“To be on the same level as Seizinger would be a big thrill for me, because she was one of the best ever,” said the 29-year-old Goetschl, who could catch the German in downhills scheduled for the Tofane course Saturday and Sunday.
Janica Kostelic finished 10th and moved into a tie for second with Sweden’s Anja Paerson in the overall World Cup standings. Kostelic’s father Ante Kostelic, who is also the coach of the Croatian team, set the course.
Paerson skied off course midway through her run.
Finland’s Tanja Poutianen, who does not race speed events and is taking the week off, leads the standings with 706 points. Kostelic, a former two-time winner, and Paerson, the defending champion, each has 659. Goetschl moved into fourth with 618.
With two super-G races left in the season, Goetschl leads the discipline standings with 309 points, ahead of Kildow’s 290 and Michaela Dorfmeister’s 233.
The 20-year-old Kildow, who leads the downhill standings and has become the surprise of the season, came down before Goetschl and posted the fastest time to that point despite making a big error and nearly skiing off course at the beginning of her run.
Goetschl’s last split time was slower than Kildow’s, but she made up time in the final section of the course.
Copyright © 2005 The Associated Press