From US Ski Team
LEVI, Finland (March 11) - Olympic slalom champion Anja Paerson of Sweden, the defending World Cup champion, led the first run Saturday and powered her way to her seventh win of the season, holding off Croatian Janica Kostelic's bid to clinch the overall title. Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) was sixth with Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) 13th.
Paerson was timed in 1:38.86 for the second of two SLs in Levi with Kostelic, who missed the Olympic slalom because of sickness, runnerup in 1:39.15; that clinched the World Cup slalom title for her. Friday, Kostelic won with Paerson second.
With only the four races at World Cup Finals in Aare, Sweden, remaining, Kostelic has 1,720 points to 1,466 for Paerson. Aare will host the 2007 World Alpine Ski Championships; World Cup Finals races begin Wednesday with the downhills and continue through the 19th.
Kildow, who won the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award for her determination to race after a night of hospitalization following a training crash at the Olympics, had a two-run time of 1:40.90. She turned-in her best slalom result Friday, finishing fourth.
The U.S. Alpine Championships return to Sugarloaf, Maine, for the first time since 1997 and will be held March 25-30.
WOMEN'S ALPINE WORLD CUP
Alpine Lapland Races
Levi, FIN - March 11, 2006
1. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:38.86
2. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1:39.15
3. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:40.00
4. Marlies Schild, Austria, 1:40.46
5. Chiarra Costazza, Italy, 1:40.81
6. Lindsey Kildow, Vail, Colo., 1:40.90
13. Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, Wyo., 1:41.82
For complete results:http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=16902&cal_suchsector=AL