Schild gets super-G win in Lake Louise

Sun Dec 2, 2007 4:53pm EST
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By Steve Keating

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Reuters) - Switzerland's Martina Schild put down an error-free run while the favorites faltered to claim the season-opening super-G and her first career Alpine World Cup race win on Sunday.

Schild, the 2006 Olympic downhill silver medalist, charged her way down the men's Olympic course on another bitterly cold day in the Canadian Rockies in a winning time of one minute, 16.21 seconds.

Germany's Maria Riesch, a downhill winner in Lake Louise last season, settled for second in 1:16.41 while Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby made her first visit to the podium, taking third in 1:16.63.

It marked the first time since 2002 that an Austrian had not been crowned the winner of the Lake Louise super-G.

"Last season was really hard because after Olympic medal everyone wanted to see me all the time on the podium," said Schild, who is carrying on a family tradition with her grandmother having been the 1948 Olympic downhill champion. "Now it is nice to see I can do it again.

"My family and friends are going to have a big party now because it is a big thing for me.

"For all of us it is good because we are all strong skiers but we can never show it.

"It was really nice course, one where you can risk everywhere and I told myself I had to take this risk.   Continued...

<p>Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. waves her national flag after she won the women's World Cup Downhill Skiing in Lake Louise, Alberta December 1, 2007. REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>