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Canada's Gagnon wins women's World Cup super-combined

Jan. 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Marie-Michele Gagnon used a sizzling slalom run to win the women's World Cup super-combined in Austria Sunday.

Gagnon was 16th after the super-G run in the morning but turned in the fastest time of the day in the slalom run to make it to the top of the podium.

"I knew I had to do a really good slalom since I was more than a second behind after the super-G run," said Gagnon. "So I entered the slalom without too much of expectation. I skied freely and that helped me give my best."

Gagnon won her first World Cup victory of the season with a 51.05-second slalom that gave her a combined-run time of 2 minutes, 05.55 seconds.

Michaela Kirchgasser was in second place. 0.32 seconds behind the Canadian. Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch took third.

It was a good day for the Austrians, who placed five skiers in the top 11.

Laurenne Ross was the only American to finish the race, taking 20th with a 2:08.70.

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