Schild ends wait to equal Schneider record

Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:48pm EST
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By Manuele Lang

COURCHEVEL, France (Reuters) - It took her almost two years but Austrian Marlies Schild finally equaled Vreni Schneider's record of 34 World Cup slalom victories on Tuesday.

The former world champion, without a slalom win since February 2012, had seen her quest hampered by a knee injury sustained in Sweden last December.

Schild's wait ended in Courchevel with a 36th World Cup triumph - she also won a giant slalom and a combined - in an overall time of one minute 45.17 seconds.

Her younger sister Bernadette was also on the podium, finishing third behind Swede Frida Hansdotter who was 0.33 seconds off the pace.

"After all I've been through this victory means so much...I knew it would finally come one day," the 32-year-old Schild told reporters.

"I'm happy and proud, firstly for being on the podium and secondly for the record."

Schild said Swiss skier Schneider, who won her 34th and last slalom in 1995, had always been a fan.

"I really want to thank Vreni who has always stood by my side and supported me. She regularly sends me texts," the Austrian explained.   Continued...

Marlies Schild of Austria celebrates on the podium after winning the Women's World Cup Slalom skiing race in Courchevel, French Alps, December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann