Austria's Anne-Marie Proell won the Women's Giant Slalom in the World Ski Cup Championships in Saalbach, Austria, on Wednesday (21 December).
GV A. Proell down slope and through gates and finishes (5 shots)
GV Kaserer finishes (3 shots)
GV Wenzel finishes (3 shots)
Initials ESP/1932 ESP/1946
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Background: Austria's Anne-Marie Proell won the Women's Giant Slalom in the World Ski Cup Championships in Saalbach, Austria, on Wednesday (21 December).
It was her second World Cup win in two days and it made her the most successful World Cup skier in history. It was the 19th time she has won a World Cup event, beating the previous record held by Jean-Claude Killy of France, who notched up 18 victories in his career as an amateur skier.
Fraulein Proell had only the day before beaten the world's elite by the wide margin of 2.7 seconds in the Downhill Race.
The two wins give her a total lead of 35 points towards the World Ski Cup. She was the first to sweep down the 6,225 feet (1,920 metre) course on Wednesday, completing it in a fast 1 minute and 171.17 seconds.
In seconds place was Monika Kaserer, also of the Austrian team. She moved up to third place in the World Cup ratings with 28 points.
The surprise result was the third place for Liechstenstein's Hanni Wenzel, who finished in 1 minute and 19 seconds.
SYNOPSIS: At the World Ski Cup Championships at Saalbach on Wednesday, Anns-Marie Proell of Austria was competing on home ground. The previous day she had got off to a good start by a clear victory in the Women's Downhill Race. The win had given her a ten-point World Cup lead. In the slalom on Wednesday, she was racing in good conditions on a fast, hard-packed surface. Together with her knowledge of the terrain, the conditions gave Miss Proell a very fast run, and she crossed the line with the clock at one minuet and seventeen seconds, the best time of the day. The win gave her a total lead of thirty-five points in the World Cup, and also made her the most successful skier in the Cup's history. Wednesday's victory was the Austrian's nineteenth - one more than the famous Jean-Claude Killy of France.
The next competitor was Monika Kaserer - also of Austria. The conditions of her home country suited her style perfectly. With some tight turns through the gates, she also managed a good time. But despite her performance, Miss Kaserer crossed the line one second behind her teammate, with the clock at one minute and eighteen seconds. She took second place.
The surprise result of the day was provided by Hanni Wenzel of Liechenstein. Miss Wenzel had previously met with no great success in her World Cup attempts, but she described Wednesday's slalom as her "most beautiful success ever." She took third place with a time of one minute and nineteen seconds, preventing an Austrian sweep of the event.
But the final results still gave the Austrians no cause for complaint....