Dorfmeister Gets 2nd World Cup Win

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Val D'Isere, France Dec. 9 (AP by, Erica Bulman)--Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister won a women's giant slalom race Thursday, getting her second World Cup victory in less than a week.

Second after the opening leg, Dorfmeister delivered a fast final run down the Oreiller-Killy course to finish with a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 17.10 seconds.

Considered more of a speed specialist than a technical skier, Dorfmeister upset the form book when she stormed to victory last Saturday in the giant slalom in Serre Chevalier.

It marked the Austrian's fourth career World Cup victory. She took a downhill in 1996 and a super-G last season.

Teammate Silvia Berger, competing in her first full season on the World Cup circuit, was runner-up with an aggregate time of 2:17.92. Berger, who won the Europa Cup overall and giant slalom titles last season, was third after the opening run. But she had the third-fastest performance in the second leg to climb up a spot.

Regine Cavagnoud of France, coping with a painfully bruised hip, led after the opening run, but unused to the pressure of a second run, the speed specialist slipped to third in a combined 2:18.62.

Switzerland's Sonja Nef, who battled back from six knee operations to win the season-opener in nearby Tignes, finished fourth in 2:18.99, ahead of Austrian Anita Wachter. She finished in 2:19.03.

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