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Alpine Skiing: Schleper, Kostelic Take 1st, 2nd in World Cup Women’s Slalom Race


Three-time Olympic gold medalist Janica Kostelic of Croatia took second place at the World Cup slalom race in Switzerland, setting up a showdown for the overall title Sunday with reigning champion Anja Paerson of Sweden.

Kostelic (1:29.47) was just a fraction of a second behind winner Sarah Schleper of the United States, who won Saturday's slalom race in 1:29.13 minutes on the Alpine course in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Nicole Hosp of Austria came in third (1:30.03).

Paerson was cautious on her second run to settle for 10th place (1:30.89).

Kostelic is now only 35 points behind Paerson in the overall standings. The two will battle for the World Cup title at Sunday's season-ending giant slalom event.

Schleper's victory in Saturday's slalom race was her first World Cup victory. Finland's Tanja Poutiainen has already won the 2005 World Cup slalom title.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.

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