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Marlies Schild wins WCup slalom, sister 3rd

COURCHEVEL, France (AP) — Marlies Schild overcame her younger sister's leading time to win her 34th World Cup slalom on Tuesday and equal Swiss standout Vreni Schneider's record.

The former slalom world champion was third after the first run, with Bernadette Schild getting the fastest time in the morning. But the elder Schild posted a second run time of 53.26 seconds to clinch victory ahead of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden. Bernadette Schild finished third, and Kathrin Zettel of Austria was fourth.

World champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who was seventh after the first run, finished 12th. Tessa Worley, the Frenchwoman who won a giant slalom in St. Moritz last weekend, was taken to hospital after falling back on her skis and injuring her right knee in the first run.

Bernadette Schild, seeking her first World Cup race win, was .13 seconds faster than Hansdotter and .20 clear of her elder sister after the first run. Marlies Schild won the slalom world championship in 2011 and took slalom bronze at the 2006 Olympics. She flew down the Stade Emile Allais course on her second run — .80 seconds faster than Zettel's leading time on the first split, .80 quicker on the second, and 1.43 quicker as she crossed the line.

Hansdotter could not match that, and it was down to Bernadette Schild — nine years younger than her sister — to stop her sibling equaling Schneider's record. In the end she finished more than one second behind. Still, she earned a big hug from Marlies at the finish line for securing her second career podium result, after finishing second at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in March.

Worley, the giant slalom world champion, toppled backward before twisting forward and landing in the safety netting. She lay still for a few moments before getting slowly back up. She was taken down the slope on a stretcher and to a hospital in Lyon. No further information was immediately available.

Anthony Sechaud, coach of the French women, feared Worley could miss the Winter Games in Sochi. "Honestly, I'm very worried. It's a big blow for her," he said. "The contrast between now and two days ago has been a shock."

Sechaud said the injury likely occurred not from the fall, but when Worley got her leg tangled up in the protective netting. In September, world downhill champion Marion Rolland ruptured a knee ligament in a training crash.

"It's a bad spell for us," Sechaud said.

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