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Goetschi Wins Her First World Cup Downhill Skiing Race of Season


Austrian Renate Goetschl has won her first World Cup race of the season by taking a downhill competition in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy.

Goetschl notched her first victory since the downhill final last season by finishing the shortened Tofane course in one minute, 9.64 seconds. American Julia Mancuso got her second podium finish in two days by finishing second, five-100ths of one second behind the Austrian.

Another Austrian skier, Elisabeth Goergl, finished third, three-10ths of one second behind Goetschl. A snowstorm delayed the start of the race for three hours and forced organizers to shorten the course.

Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister captured the World Cup downhill discipline title by finishing fourth. Dorfmeister has won two downhills, finished second twice, and had two third-place finishes this season.

Croatian Janica Kostelic remains the overall World Cup points leader with 1,228 points. Dorfmeister is second (1,020 points) while Anja Paerson of Sweden is third overall (901 points).

Meanwhile, The man known as the "Hermannator" - skier Hermann Maier - has led an Austrian sweep of the podium at a World Cup men's downhill race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Maier scored his third World Cup victory this season by finishing the Kandahar course in one minute, 57.56 seconds.

Klaus Kroell improved his chances of being selected to the Austrian team for the Olympics by finishing second (in 1:57.83). Andreas Buder, who is also vying for the last Austrian berth at the Turin Games, finished third (in 1:57.84).

Another Austrian, Benjamin Raich, leads the Overall World Cup standings after 27 races with 952 points. Compatriot Michael Walchhofer is second overall (730 points) while American Daron Rahlves is third (707 points). Reigning World Cup overall champion Bode Miller of the United States is fourth in the overall standings (688 points).

Some information for this reoport provided by AP.

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