Schild claims World Cup slalom crown
Sat, 12 Mar 13:11:00 2011
Austrian Marlies Schild claimed the slalom World Cup crown after victory in Spindleruv Mlyn, as Lindsey Vonn closed to within 23 points of Maria Riesch's lead in the overall standings.
World champion Schild won in a combined time of one minute and 43.85 seconds, 0.93 seconds ahead of her compatriot Kathrin Zettel and 1.16 seconds in front of Tina Maze of Slovenia.
Schild now has an unassailable 111-point lead over Finland's Tania Poutiainen, who only managed ninth place, heading into the last slalom of the season next week in Switzerland.
"It's another win that wasn't easy. I didn't even know I had won the World Cup. Someone told me at the end. I feel very proud because I had an amazing season," said Schild, who won six out of eight slaloms this season.
"Every race that I finished, I won."
With four races to go before the end of the season, American Vonn cut further into Riesch's lead in the race for the overall title by taking 16th place as her German rival failed to score any points.
Riesch straddled a gate in the early seconds of the second run and was eliminated.
"It's interesting because for the first time the pressure is not on me," Vonn said. "There is a lot of suspense left and everything can happen in the last races."
Vonn has already claimed three globes this season; downhill super g and combined.
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