Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, Dec. 14 (AP)--Norway's Finn-Christian Jagge won a World Cup slalom Monday night, beating Austrians Benjamin Raich and Thomas Stangassinger.
Jagge, 33, an Olympic slalom champion in his final season of World Cup competition, mastered the steep Miramonti course with a two-run time of 1 minute, 38.67 seconds.
``I was given shorter skis one week ago and I immediately improved my times in slalom training,'' Jagge said. ``The new skis helped me a lot in the race.
``No doubt I'm going to use the shorter skis also in the next slalom races. I'm winning and enjoying skiing again.''
Jagge edged Raich by 0.23 seconds, and Stangassinger by 0.57.
Jagge, a seven-time winner on the World Cup circuit, also won a 1992 slalom at Madonna di Campiglio.
Raich, a rising star with four World Cup victories last season, improved one place from the first run at the expense of Stangassinger, his elder teammate.
Norway's Tom Stiansen finished fourth, followed by Slovenia's Jure Kosir and Matjaz Vrhovnik.
American Bode Miller crashed in the first run, shortly after clocking one of the fastest intermediate times. Sacha Gros, the only American to complete the race, placed 16th, two seconds behind the winner.
World Cup overall leader Hermann Maier does not compete in the slalom. He has won five of his six races this season _ two giant slaloms, a downhill and two super-Gs.
The men's circuit continues with downhills in Val Gardena on Friday and Saturday and a giant slalom in Alta Badia on Sunday. Friday's downhill makes up for the race canceled in Val D'Isere last Saturday.
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