Eberharter Wins Overall, Super G Titles

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WC Finals SG 031303

KVITFJELL, Norway March 13, 2003 (AP by Stephan Nasstrom)--Austria's Stephan Eberharter won the World Cup overall and super giant slalom titles Thursday, taking the last super G of the season on Lillehammer's Olympic course.

France's Carole Montillet took the women's overall title after a 10th-place super G finish.

Eberharter, who had already secured the downhill championship, also won the overall and super G crowns last year.

He finished in 1 minute, 36.97 seconds, edging Norway's Lasse Kjus by 0.41 and Austrian teammate Hannes Reichelt by 0.43.

"It's been difficult to confirm last season's results," Eberharter said. "Today I didn't want to think about the overall. I thought only about winning the super-G title and I made a perfect run."

Karen Putzer of Italy won the women's race in 1:21.77 for her second win of the season while Martina Ertl of Germany and Alexandra Meissnitzer of Austria tied for second, 0.58 behind.

Montillet topped the final super-G standings with 493 points while runner-up Renate Goetschl of Austria had 458. Goetschl finished fourth followed by teammate and world champion Michaela Dorfmeister, 1.02 back.

Americans Kirsten Clark and Jonna Mendes, the silver and bronze medalists at the worlds, took seventh and 11th respectively.

Eberharter will turn 34 in two weeks, but hasn't decided if he'll retire.

"When you're in such great shape you shouldn't think about it," said Eberharter, who also won the super-G gold meal in last month's World Ski Championships in Switzerland. "But early in the summer I'll decide."

American Bode Miller failed to score any points with a 20th-place finish, giving Eberharter an unbeatable 273-point lead in the overall standings. Only two races—a slalom and a giant slalom—remain this weekend, with each race winner getting 100 points.

Liechtenstein's Marco Buechel led Eberharter by 24 points in the super G standings going into the race, but dropped back with a 17th-place finish.

For Kjus, it was the best result of the season.

"I always had confidence in myself," Kjus said. "It was good to get a good result this year."

Kjus, who won two overall titles in the 1990s, praised Eberharter.

"He's been acting like a monster this year," he said. "What he's been doing is tremendous."

Daron Rahlves, the only other American man, lost his balance before hitting a gate on the upper part of the course and didn't finish.

Copyright © 2000 The Associated Press

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