Canadian Simard Wins First World Cup Event


CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy, Jan. 14, 2004 (AP) -- Genevieve Simard of Canada won a super giant slalom race Wednesday for her first World Cup victory.

Simard was superb at the top of the steep and twisty layout and none of the favorites came close to matching her winning time of 1 minute, 13.05 seconds.

Maria Riesch of Germany was second, a distant 0.65 seconds behind. Hilde Gerg, also from Germany, was 0.78 seconds back in third.

Caroline Lalive of the United States was fourth, 0.85 seconds behind, for her best finish since injuring her knee last season. Teammate Julia Mancuso was 10th.

Gerg, winner of Sunday's super-G in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, moved ahead of Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister atop the super giant slalom standings. Dorfmeister was 25th Wednesday.

Pre-race favorite Renate Goetschl, who competed with an injured thumb after crashing Sunday, finished seventh.

Overall World Cup leader Anja Paerson of Sweden had trouble with a gate midway through her run and finished 20th.

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