Kostner wins women's Super-G


Val D'Isere, France Dec. 8 (AP by, Erica Bulman)--Italy's Isolde Kostner won the women's super-G today for her second World Cup victory of the season.

The 1996 and 1997 world super-G champion, who won the season's first downhill 11 days ago at Lake Louise, Alberta, came down the Oreiller-Killy course in 1 minute, 19.81 seconds.

It was Kostner's seventh career victory and she became the first two-time winner this season.

Kostner, who has climbed 11 top 3 finishes in the super-G, including a third-place finish at Lake Louise, finished ahead of Germany's Hilde Gerg.

``Generally I don't do very well at Val d'Isere so I am a bit surprised I did so well,'' Kostner said. ``It proves all my hard work and training this summer was worth it.

``After winning the downhill and finishing third in the super-G in Lake Louise, my confidence was just soaring.''

Gerg, runner-up in the season's first super-G, had a time of 1:19.88. Swedish veteran Pernilla Wiberg was third in 1:20.14, ending a streak of disappointing performances.

``I needed this result,'' she said. ``Up to now I've been skiing like a grandmother.

``The problem, I think, is that all was going so well for me, that I probably sat on my laurels a bit.''

Sylviane Berthod of Switzerland finished fourth in 1:20.29, while Renate Goetschl produced the fastest Austrian time, crossing in 1:20.31.

France's Regine Cavagnoud satisfied the home crowd finishing a respectable eighth, despite massive bruising on her right hip from a crash in training the previous day.

Kostner's victory boosted her to the top of the overall standings with 310 points. 2nd Ld-Writethru

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