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Denise Karbon of Italy won her third straight giant slalom today in a World Cup race in which Julia Mancuso of the United States finished second and teammate Resi Stiegler crashed and broke her arm and shin.
Stiegler, America's giant slalom national champion, was hospitalized with a broken left forearm and right shinbone, torn ligaments in the right knee and a bruised face and hip after her spill halfway down the course. She will undergo surgery in the U.S. and will be sidelined two months, the hospital said.
Karbon led after the first leg and was fastest in the final run to finish in 2 minutes, 2.73 seconds. Mancuso was 1.28 seconds behind, moving from fourth after the opening leg. Nicole Gius of Italy was third, 1.62 seconds behind Karbon.
"I had a cautious second run because I was well ahead and I knew two spots on the course which were dangerous," Karbon said.
Mancuso, Olympic giant slalom champion, wanted to win for Stiegler. The race was delayed almost a half hour after the crash in the first run.
"I gave everything to win it for Resi, but Denise was just incredibly fast," Mancuso said.
Stiegler lost her balance as her skies made contact on a curve. She fell and sled off course through two rows of gates at the edge and rolled about 6 feet. Those gates were supposed to break a crash and prevent the skier from dropping down the slope.
Race director Siegried Vergeiner insisted security was adequate.
"The gates at that point of the course were installed properly and eyed up by FIS officials prior to the race," Vergeiner said. "This was just very bad luck for Resi."
Mancuso had the fourth best time in the second leg.
"The way Denise skied today, I can only be happy to finish second," Mancuso said.
Gius lost time after losing control of a ski early in her second run.
"I did not believe that I still finished third after that error," Gius said.
Austria's Nicole Hosp, the defending discipline and overall World Cup champion, was 16th.
Overall World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn, winner of a downhill and a super-combi last week, finished the opening leg in 38th place and did not qualify for the second leg. She kept her standings lead with 474 points, followed by Mancuso (444) and Hosp (434).
After three races, Karbon leads the World Cup giant slalom standings with 300 points, followed by Mancuso (186) and Elisabeth Goergl of Austria (159), who finished fourth.
The slalom is Saturday.
Karbon wins 3rd straight giant slalom, Mancuso places 2nd
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