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Alpine skiing: Schild claims record-equalling win

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Austria's Marlies Schild won the women's World Cup slalom event in the French resort of Courchevel on Tuesday to equal the record for the most victories in the discipline.

Schild has now recorded 34 World Cup slalom wins, equalling the all-time record held by Vreni Schneider of Switzerland.

Schild's total time of 1min 45.17sec saw her triumph by a margin of 0.33sec from Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, while her younger sister Bernadette Schild came third, 1min 22sec off the pace.

The 32-year-old, who underwent knee surgery last year, had not won on the circuit since February last year at Soldeu in Andorra.

This, though, was her third success at Courchevel, following previous wins in 2010 and 2011.

Meanwhile, American prodigy Mikaela Shiffrin never recovered from a poor first run and finished 12th.

It was a bad day, too, for France's Tessa Worley, the giant slalom world champion.

She crashed out and was taken to hospital in Lyon for tests on an injured right knee amid fears that her participation at the Winter Olympics in Sochi could be in doubt.

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