Originally created 01/19/98

Stangassinger wins slalom



VEYSONNAZ, Switzerland -- Olympic champion Thomas Stangassinger of Austria won a World Cup slalom Sunday, his second triumph of the season.

Stangassinger, who led after the first run, covered the twisty, bumpy course in 1 minute, 38.12 seconds, for the two runs.

Iceland's Kristinn Bjorsson finished second and Kiminobu Kimura of Japan was third.

Bjornsson, a surprise runner-up in the slalom at Park City, Utah, in November, was fifth in the first run, then had the third-fastest time in the second run to finish at 1:38.91.

Kimura produced his first career podium finish, putting together two solid runs for an aggregate time of 1:38.91, only .01 second behind Bjornsson.

Norway's Hans-Petter Buraas finished fourth at 1:39.30, edging Slovenia's Jure Kosir, fifth at 1:39.46. Alois Vogl of Germany vaulted to sixth place from 16th, after producing the fastest time in the second run.

World Cup leader Hermann Maier, making a rare slalom appearance, finished 10th at 1:40.12.

Adding his slalom result to his win in Friday's downhill at Wengen, Switzerland, Maier won the combined event. Combined events usually are held in the same venue, but because of the poor weather which has plagued the World Cup this season, organizers agreed to have the event run in two separate sites.

Second after the first run, Italian star Alberto Tomba failed to finish the second run, skiing over a gate near the top of the course. Tomba, a three-time Olympic champion and double world champion, was seeking his 50th career World Cup win.