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Karbon wins thrilling giant slalom

Denise Karbon
Karbon's first victory came in her fouth World Cup season.

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1. Denise Karbon (Ita)2:14.69
2. Nicole Hosp (Aut) 2:14.72
3. Elisabeth Goergl (Aut) 2:15.06
4. Anja Paerson (Swe) 2:15.07
5. Nicole Gius (Ita) 2:15.54
6. Tanja Poutiainen (Fin) 2:16.01
7. Sonja Nef (Sui) 2:16.12
8. Karen Putzer (Ita) 2:16.23
9. A. Meissnitzer (Aut) 2:16.29
10. Tina Maze (Slv) 2:16.47
1. Anja Paerson (Swe) 230
2. Denise Karbon (Ita) 184
3. Nicole Hosp (Ita) 160
4. Martina Ertl (Ger) 132
5. Elisabeth Goergl (Aut) 125
6. A. Meissnitzer (Aut)101
7. M.J. Rienda Contreras (Spa) 96
8. Tanja Poutiainen (Fin) 94
9= Tina Maze (Slv) 78
9= Sarah Schleper (U.S.) 78

1. Anja Paerson (Swe) 330
2. Carole Montillet (Fra) 266
3. Martina Ertl (Ger) 211
4. Renate Goetschl (Aut) 206
5. M. Dorfmeister (Aut) 197
6. Hilde Gerg (Ger) 185
7. Denise Karbon (Ita) 184
8. A. Meissnitzer (Aut) 180
9. Nicole Hosp (Aut) 160
10. Sonja Nef (Sui) 157

ALTA BADIA, Italy -- Italy's Denise Karbon claimed her first World Cup win and delighted her home crowd with a spectacular second leg in Saturday's giant slalom in the Italian Dolomites.

Karbon, 22, jumped from fifth place to beat Nicole Hosp of Austria by three-hundredths of a second with an aggregate time of two minutes 14.69 seconds on the Gran Risa course.

"It's a great, wonderful day for me," said Karbon.

"Many friends came here to support me and I'm overjoyed for having won in front of them."

"I felt a lot of pressure on my neck in the first run and I did not ski at my best.

"In the second I was more relaxed, although aggressive, and it paid off. This victory came earlier than expected to me."

Cautious run

Austrian Elisabeth Goergl, the first run leader, slipped to third after a cautious second run.

Anja Paerson of Sweden finished in fourth place to maintain her lead in the overall and giant slalom standings.

Karbon, in her fourth World Cup season, has been threatening to win a giant slalom since finishing second to Paerson at last year's world championships.

She also finished second and third in the final giant slaloms last season and was again on the podium in third place at Park City, Utah, last month.

"We needed this result," said Italian coach Tino Pietrogiovanna after her team's first World Cup win of the season.

"The Gran Risa brings good luck to the Italian women. We should race here more often."

The race was moved to Italy because of a lack of snow in the Czech Republic resort of Spindleruv Mlyn. Alta Badia also hosts a men's giant slalom on Sunday.

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