Kjus Wins Val Gardena Super-G; Rahlves Shares Fourth

Kjus 12 19 03

VAL GARDENA, Italy, Dec. 19 2003 (AP) -- Norway's Lasse Kjus won a super giant slalom Friday, the first victory in two seasons for the two-time overall World Cup leader.

He was followed by Austrians Stephan Eberharter and Hermann Maier. Daron Rahlves of the United States shared fourth with Hans Knauss of Austria. Rahlves' teammate Bode Miller finished 17th.

Maier's run drew the biggest cheers in this resort near the Austrian border.

"I'm the youngest guy on the podium," said Maier, 31. "So I've got a future in this sport."

Kjus covered the twisting Saslong course in 1 minute, 36.94 seconds. Eberharter, last season's overall winner, was 0.10 seconds behind and Maier was 0.48 seconds back to retain this season's overall lead. Rahlves and Hans Knauss were 0.84 seconds behind.

Australia's AJ Bear injured his left knee in a fall and was flown by helicopter to a hospital.

A downhill is scheduled for this course on Saturday.

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