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Alpine Skiing: Kostelic Wins World Cup Super Combined


Croatian skier Janica Kostelic has won a women's World Cup super combined event in Hafjell, Norway, and come one step closer to the overall season title.

Kostelic, who withdrew from last month's Turin Olympics early after winning the combined gold medal, edged Sweden's Anja Paerson by .13 to finish in a combined time of 2:6.92 minutes.

Austrian Marlies Schild finished third (2:97.57) with American Lindsey Kildow fourth (2:08.31).

Paerson, a two-time defending World Cup champion, had the fastest time in the slalom portion of the event, but it was not enough to catch Kostelic. The Super combined features a super giant slalom followed by a slalom on a nearby hill.

Kostelic leads the overall World Cup points standings with 1,400 points. Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria is second with 1,162 while Anja Paerson is third (1,161). The meet in Hafjell, the site of the women's Alpine ski events at the 1994 Winter Olympics, ends Sunday with a giant slalom race.