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Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-01-10

German skier Maria Riesch took the women's slalom world cup lead thanks to a second win in a row. In Semmering, Austria, she came in ahead of Tanja Poutiainen of Finland by 21 hundredths of a second.

AFP - German skier Maria Riesch won the women's World Cup slalom race here on Monday.
  
Riesch timed 1minute 55.97seconds over the two legs to beat home Tanja Poutiainen of Finland by 21 hundreths of a second while American star Lindsey Vonn was third some 72hundreths of a second adrift of the winner.
  
The winner said that she had believed in herself.
  
"The slalom is a question of having confidence in yourself," she said.
  
"I was full of it with my victory in Molina.
  
"Now I will concentrate on Zagreb. But that is a while since I performed so well.
  
"I am going to take a little rest during the New Year and then lets get it on.
  
"It is great to win in Austria, this is an atmosphere that is something special."
  
Vonn said that while she was disappointed to lose the overall slalom World Cup lead she was determined to regain it and still leads Riesch by 23 points in the overall standings.
  
"I am satisfied with third even if it means losing the overall slalom lead," said Vonn.
  
"I hope I can regain it."
  
For Poutiainen it was a case of been here done that tomorrow.
  
"Semmering, is a special place for me (she was on the podium twice in 2004).
  
"But the slalom is too long, almost a minute, so one has to be focussed the whole way down.
  
"I don't want to make the difference beteween the giant slalom and the slalom as I like them both.
  
"An error can creep in and it was my turn yesterday (she went out in the second leg in the giant slalom)."
  
Austrian skier Kathrin Zettel had won the giant slalom on Sunday and finished fourth on Monday in the regular slalom, some 93hundreths adrift.
  
The 22-year-old rose two places in the overall standings to fourth on the back of her excellent performances in Austria.
  

Date created : 2008-12-29

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