Kirchgasser Ends Schild’s Winning Run in Slalom; Deville Wins Men’s Race

Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser won today’s women’s World Cup slalom to end a run of five straight victories in the discipline by countrywoman Marlies Schild.

Kirchgasser clocked 1 minute, 47.25sec over two legs in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, 0.65 seconds faster than Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen, with Veronika Zuzulova of Slovakia in third. Schild crashed out on the first run.

Schild, who remains atop the slalom standings, now has a 163-point lead over Slovenia’s Tina Maze, with Kirchgasser 32 points further back. In the overall competition, first-place Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. moves to 970 points after a seventh- place finish today.

In Kitzbuehel, Austria, Cristian Deville of Italy won today’s men’s slalom, with Mario Matt of Austria in second spot. Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic moved atop the overall competition after finishing third, and also heads the slalom standings.

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