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Hoefl-Riesch wins women's super-combined

Feb. 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

SCHLAMDING, Austria, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany overcame a glitch in her downhill and roared back to win the women's super-combined at the Alpine World Championships in Austria.

Hoefl-Riesch was in fourth place after the downhill Friday but completed the slalom segment in a career-best 50.05 seconds for a combined time of 2 minutes, 39.92, which edged World Cup overall points leader Tina Maze by 0.46 seconds.

Hoefl-Riesch had been en route to a flawless downhill when she made a slight mistake in the second half that slowed her down.

"I would have never thought to beat Tina in this race," said Hoefl-Riesch, who is second in the overall standings. "I didn't come here as a favorite but have reached my goal to win a medal."

Nicole Hosp of Austria placed third and Julia Mancuso was the top U.S. skier with an eighth-place finish.

"I knew it was going to be a really big fight for the gold medal today," Mancuso said. "Both courses were in perfect condition but I had a mistake in the downhill so I wasn't expecting much."

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