Canadian captures women's World Cup slalom

March 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

OFTERSCHWANG, Germany, March 4 (UPI) -- Erin Mielzynski gave Canada its first women's World Cup slalom victory since 1971 Sunday with 5/100ths of a second win over American Resi Stiegler in Germany.

Mielzynski completed the two runs in a combined 1 minute, 53.59 seconds with the American veteran finishing in 1:53.64.

"I knew today would be a special day because the snow was so different," said Mielzynski, whose previous top finish was 13th place. "The hill was prepared very, very well. Feeling the snow out beforehand, I knew anything could happen on a day like today."

Mariles Schild of Austria took third place. Top contenders Lindsey Vonn of the United States and Tina Maze of Slovenia failed to complete their runs.

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