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Austrian Schild nips Reisch in Levi slalom

Levi, Finland -- Austria's Marlies Schild upended German world champion Maria Reisch Saturday to win the opening women's slalom event of the Alpine World Cup season in Finland.

Schild completed the Black course at Levi in 1 minute, 52.84 seconds, a scant three one-hundredths of a second faster than Riesch, who at one point led the field by more than a half-second.

Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was a distant third and Lindsey Vonn led the American team with a sixth-place finish.

Vonn had a good run going; however she slid wide on a hard right turn and had to fight to keep her balance. "She was so far off line and pulled it back together," said U.S. women's coach Trevor Wagner. "Without that mistake, she would have been right in there."

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