Schild wins, Vonn falls in WCup slalom

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By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press

SOLDEU-GRANDVALIRA, Andorra (AP) — Marlies Schild of Austria won her sixth World Cup slalom of the season on Saturday after overall leader Lindsey Vonn crashed out in the opening run on the Pyrenees course.

After finishing the first run in fifth place, Schild blazed through the 59 gates in a strong second run to clock a best time of 1 minute, 39.44 seconds, putting her one victory shy of the 34 slalom wins held by Swiss great Vreni Schneider.

Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was 0.60 seconds behind, while Kathrin Zettel of Austria was 0.86 seconds back in third.

Vonn started well but fell after taking a gate wide and slid down the center of the hill. Defending champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch also fell during her first run.

Tanja Poutiainen of Finland led after the opening run, but missed a gate with gusty wind on the Avet course.

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