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Paerson retains giant slalom crown

Rina Maze (left), Anja Paerson
Paerson (right) is congratulated by Maze.

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OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Anja Paerson (Swe) 1,120
2. Renate Goetschl (Aut) 1,108
3. Hilde Gerg (Ger) 870
4. Carole Montillet (Fra) 853
5. Michaela Dorfmeister (Aut) 811
6. Maria Riesch (Ger) 620
7. Alexandra Meissnitzer (Aut) 609
8. Martina Ertl (Ger) 597
9. Nicole Hosp (Aut) 566
10. Kirsten Clark (U.S.) 456

GIANT SLALOM STANDINGS

1. Anja Paerson (Swe) 430
2. Nicole Hosp (Aut) 260
3. Tanja Poutiainen (Fin) 215
4. Denise Karbon (Ita) 213
5. Maria J-R Contreras (Spn) 209
6. Tina Maze (Sln) 194
7. Elisabeth Goergl (Aut) 193
8. Renate Goetschl (Aut) 190
9= Martina Ertl (Ger) 182
9= Alexandra Meissnitzer (Aut) 182

ZWIESEL, Germany -- Sweden's Anja Paerson clinched the World Cup giant slalom title with her third win of the season in the discipline on Germany's Arber course.

The 22-year-old defending champion finished almost two seconds ahead of second-placed Tina Maze of Slovenia in a time of two minutes 17.8 seconds.

That also allowed her to regain the lead by just 12 points from Renate Goetschl in the overall World Cup standings.

Stunning comeback

Austrian Goetschl finished in third place after Maze, who finished the first leg in 21st place, produced a stunning comeback to claim the third podium place of her career.

"I couldn't believe it -- I knew I was fast, but I didn't have that feeling," said Maze.

Maze looked set for her first career win until Paerson eclipsed her with a near perfect second run.

"I saw what Renate had done in the second run -- you just have to fight, fight, fight," said Paerson, who claimed her 19th career World Cup win.

"I hadn't focused on any particular standings. It's been working really great for me just to go for every race at a time."

With just two giant slalom races left, only Nicole Hosp is within 200 points of Paerson and the Austrian is out for the rest of the season after breaking her ankle.


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