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Schild victory as Vonn fails to finish

Schild claimed her 22nd World Cup victory after securing success in the slalom at Flachau, Austria.
Schild claimed her 22nd World Cup victory after securing success in the slalom at Flachau, Austria.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Marlies Schild of Austria wins Tuesday's women's slalom on home snow at Flachau
  • Schild secured victory after both Lindsey Vonn and Anja Paerson failed to finish
  • Maria Riesch's second place was enough to take the lead in the World Cup slalom standings ahead of Schild
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(CNN) -- Marlies Schild of Austria threw down the gauntlet to her Olympics rivals in winning Tuesday's women's slalom on home snow at Flachau as the likes of Lindsey Vonn and Anja Paerson both failed to finish.

Schild's 22nd World Cup career victory, seeing off Germany's Maria Riesch and Austria's Kathrin Zettel, made it 20 wins in the discipline and two for the season to date as she saw off Riesch by 0.34 seconds and Zettel by 0.42 seconds, finishing in one minute 37.89 seconds.

"After the first run I didn't think think I would do so well and end up winning," Schild, who had was down in fifth place after the opening run, told reporters.

Thereafter, she saw off all-comers on the second run to earn the win with something to spare after Maria Riesch produced a mistake halfway down the second run.

Riesch's second place was enough to take the lead in the World Cup slalom standings ahead of Schild, after previous leader Sandrine Aubert of France was disqualified for missing a gate on the first run.

"I never got my rhythm," complained Aubert, who said the changing conditions between training and race day had surprised her. "It's a shame, an opportunity missed."

World champion Vonn slid out in the first run, taking a minor tumble although not appearing to aggravate the injury to her left arm suffered at Lienz last month.

Meanwhile, Paerson is to have a knee scan after she skied out.

After missing much of last season with a broken leg, Schild has roared back, coming second at Aspen before winning her first race since her comeback at Lienz just after Christmas.