Riesch, Montillet Share Super-G Victory

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Haus Im Ennstal, Austria Feb. 2, 2004 (AP) -- Germany's Maria Riesch and France's Carole Montillet finished with identical times Sunday to share first place in a World Cup super giant slalom.

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This was the second victory in three days for Riesch, who captured Friday's downhill only to crash in another downhill Saturday. ``It's absolutely unbelievable,'' the 19-year-old German said. ``It's like a miracle.''

The winners were timed in 1 minute, 25.04 seconds on the curving and treacherous Krummholz course. Super-G world champion Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria was third, 0.15 back.

Lindsey Kildow of the United States was sixth, with teammate Caroline Lalive 20th and Libby Ludlow was 21st. Riesch was bruised Saturday when she crashed into the safety net at 68 mph and was unsure if she could ski Sunday. ``I wasn't scared to go back to the slope today because the race wasn't so fast,'' she said. ``But it really hurt in the morning and I had to take painkillers.''

Montillet posted her first super-G victory of the season after three downhill wins. The reigning downhill Olympic champion finished 15th in Saturday's downhill. ``Yesterday I was very disappointed and I wanted to make up for it today,'' she said. ``But super-G is not my strongest discipline and I was astonished to see I won when I crossed the line.''

Germany's Hilde Gerg leads the super-G standings with 345 points, followed by Austria's Renate Goetschl (331) and Montillet (322). Goetschl tops the overall standings with 1,048 points. Sweden's Anja Paerson is second (1,020) and Gerg is third (870).

The races at Haus im Ennstal were marked by serious accidents. Sustaining season-ending injuries were Kirsten Clark of the United States, Regina Haeusl of Germany, Ingrid Rumpfhuber of Austria and Gabriela Martincova of the Czech Republic.