Weiss Gives Italy First Slalom Win Since Tomba


Chamonix, France, Jan. 9--Unheralded Angelo Weiss gave Italy its firstWorld Cup slalom win Sunday since the fabled Alberto Tomba retired afterthe 1998 season. No U.S. skier made the second run.

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Weiss, obviously jubilant after spending about a decade on the WorldCup tour without a win, called it "an extraordinary day." he saidItalian gate-runners were always in the great Tomba's great shadow, butnow they feel they can win, too - "maybe not as often, but we can win."

His winning time was 2:01.27 as he pulled past Norway's Kjetil-AndreAamodt, the first-run leader who nonetheless held on to win the combinedcalculation following Saturday's DH and the slalom Sunday. Aamodt wassecond in the SL at 2:01.71 with Slovenian Matjaz Vhrovnik in third(2:01.75). The combined leaders were Aamodt, Austrian Hermann Maier andPaul Accola of Switzerland.

The men's side of the Cafe de Colombia tour heads to Wengen,Switzerland for a downhill and slalom Jan. 15-16.