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Paerson wins downhill, Kostelic retains overall lead in World Cup
January 13, 2006
BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (Ticker) - Anja Paerson of Sweden won the second World Cup downhill race of her career, edging out Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister on Friday.
The 24-year-old Paerson, who trails Croatia's Janica Kostelic in the overall World Cup standings, won with a time of 1 minute, 37.70 seconds, just 0.04 seconds quicker than Dorfmeister.
After being quickest on the top section, Switzerland's Fraenzi Aufdenblatten finished third at 1 minute, 37.78 seconds and Kostelic was .01 seconds behind her for fourth.
It was the fourth victory of the season and first downhill triumph for the Swede. Paerson won slalom events in Aspen, Colorado on December 11 and Splindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic 11 days later. She took home a giant slalom championship in Lienz, Austria on December 28.
Kostelic, who has one win, four runner-ups and two third-place finishes, leads the overall standings with 782 points, 97 points ahead of Paerson, the reigning World Cup champion. Dorfmeister is in third place with 590 points.
Marlies Schild of Austria, who won each of the last three events
all slaloms - finished a disappointing 22nd and dropped to fourth in the overall standings with 519 points.
Lindsey Kildow of the United States finished ninth at 1 hour, 38.59 seconds and moved into fifth overall with 507 points. Kildow excels in downhill, having won events in Lake Louise, Alberta and Val d'Isere, France in December.
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