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Alpine skiing: Rolland rides French medal wave to gold

Newly-crowned world downhill champion Marion Rolland admitted she overcame low self-confidence to beat her rivals on an icy course here on Sunday. However, she credited her French teammates' medals and the world stage she was on for giving her the necessary push to win. It was a far cry from the misery that followed after the 30-year-old suffered an embarrassing fall just out of the start gate in the downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Alpine skiing-Rolland is surprise downhill gold medallist

By Manuele Lang SCHLADMING, Austria, Feb 10 (Reuters) - France's Marion Rolland used her knowledge of the course to snatch a surprise downhill gold medal at the world Alpine ski championships on Sunday. Rolland, remembered for a freak crash at the 2010 Vancouver Games when her knee snapped seconds into the Olympic downhill, won by 0.16 seconds from Italy's Nadia Fanchini with a time of one minute 50.00. German Maria Hoefl-Riesch took bronze.

Alpine skiing: Rolland shocks field to win world downhill

France's Marion Rolland upstaged a raft of big-name favourites to come out a surprise winner of the women's downhill at the World Ski Championships on Sunday. The 30-year-old has just two World Cup podiums to her name, tellingly both in Schladming last year, and nailed a near-perfect run down the testing, 3km-long Streicher course, scene of more woe for the vaunted Austrian team. Rolland, who gained some notoriety after suffering an embarassing fall just three seconds into the downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, clocked 1min 50.00sec.

Alpine skiing: Rolland shocks field to win world downhill

France's Marion Rolland upstaged a raft of big-name favourites to come out a surprise winner of the women's downhill at the World Ski Championships on Sunday. The 30-year-old has just two World Cup podiums to her name, tellingly both in Schladming last year, and nailed a near-perfect run down the testing, 3km-long Streicher course, scene of more woe for the vaunted Austrian team. Rolland, who gained some notoriety after suffering an embarassing fall just three seconds into the downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, clocked 1min 50.00sec.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Alpine skiing: France's Rolland wins women's world downhill

France's Marion Rolland was the surprise winner of the women's downhill at the World Ski Championships on Sunday. The 30-year-old, with just two World Cup podiums to her name, clocked 1min 50.00sec, with Italian Nadia Fanchini taking silver at 0.16sec and Germany's Maria-Hoefl-Riesch claiming bronze, a further 0.54sec adrift. lp/pi13
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