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VEYSONNAZ, Switzerland, Jan. 11, 2004 (AP by Erica Bulman) — Germany’s Hilde Gerg won a World Cup super giant slalom Sunday for her first victory of the season, boosting her confidence after a knee injury.
Gerg was timed in 1 minute, 21.34 seconds on a forest-lined course covered with soft snow.
“It’s a big day for me after my injury last season in Lake Louise,” she said. “As usual, you need to be at your limit and that’s what I did.”
Austria’s Michaela Dorfmeister was runner-up in 1:21.58. On Saturday, she shared second place with Gerg in a downhill.
Austria’s Silvia Berger was third, 0.76 behind. The top U.S. finishers were Caroline Lalive in 11th place and Libby Ludlow in 14th.
Gerg has struggled with consistency since shredding a ligament in her left knee 14 months ago. The 1998 slalom Olympic champion has 17 World Cup wins, including seven in the super-G.
Her previous victory came at a downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, in November 2002.
Gerg is second in the super-G standings with 205 points, just 15 points behind Dorfmeister. Austria’s Renate Goetschl is third with 180.
Anja Paerson of Sweden finished 18th but still holds a strong lead in the overall rankings with 752 points, 179 ahead of Goetschl.
Goetschl, who won Saturday’s downhill, crashed near the top of the course. She slightly sprained her thumb when she hit the netting.
“You have to go to the limit and maybe I took too much risk,” she said. “But it happens. It’s skiing.”
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