January 22, 2012

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) -- Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria won a World Cup slalom on Sunday after pre-race favorites Marlies Schild and Maria Hoefl-Riesch skied out on the first run.

World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn finished seventh.

Kirchgasser finished in 1 minute, 47.25 seconds, more than sixth tenths of a second faster than Finland's Tanja Poutiainen. Veronika Zuzulova of Slovakia was third, 1.34 seconds off the pace.

Vonn struggled at the bottom of the course, as she did in Saturday's giant slalom, and finished with in 1:50.14.

Home favorite Tina Maze spurred on by a noisy crowd, finished fourth, slightly cutting Vonn's lead in the overall standings. The American is 282 points ahead of Maze, and is firmly on course for a fourth World Cup title.

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