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Swedish Skier Paerson Wins 3rd World Cup Slalom Event of Season - 2003-12-28

Swedish skier Anja Paerson won her third World Cup slalom event of the season Sunday, as she fought off a challenge from home-country favorite Nicole Hosp to win the race in Lienz, Austria, by 0.34 seconds.

Just 24 hours after dropping out in the giant slalom, Paerson came back from a second place finish in the first run to defeat Hosp with a combined two-run time of one minute and 48.97 seconds. Monika Bergmann-Schmuderer of Germany took third place, another hundredth of a second back.

The win gives Paerson 610 points and first place in the overall World Cup standings, while Hosp is second with 500. Another Austrian, Renate Goetschl, is third with 386 points.

Meanwhile, the men's World Cup downhill race scheduled for Sunday in Bormio, Italy has been canceled because of heavy snow and low visibility. The race has been rescheduled for Monday.