REITERALM, Austria (AP) – Marlies Schild led an Austrian sweep of the top four places in a World Cup super-combination race Friday, her third victory of the season.

Schild, sixth after the morning’s super-giant slalom run, moved up to first after a sparkling slalom leg in the afternoon, winning in a combined time of 2 minutes, 13.69 seconds.

“I am more than just happy because I didn’t expect I’d win here after this super-G run,” Schild said. “I was very nervous at the start. To be the first of four Austrians at the top for sure is very good and even better if it happens at home.”

Michaela Kirchgasser placed second in 2:14.03 for her best career result. She was third in a giant slalom in Aspen, Colo., in November.

Kathrin Zettel, the surprise leader after the super-G leg, slipped to third with a total time of 2:14.04. Nicole Hosp was fourth in 2:15.00.

The top American was Resi Stiegler, who was 11th in 2:16.00.

The last time Austrian women swept the top four places was in 1990 in a slalom at Vemdalen, Sweden.

“If the Austrian men aren’t doing well we have to make sure that we are,” Zettel said.

The normally dominant men’s team has posted just one win this season, when Schild’s boyfriend, Benjamin Raich, won a slalom at Levi, Finland.

Schild has won a pair of slaloms, which means she has three wins in the seven World Cup events so far this season.

Known as a technical specialist, Schild has been working on speed events and finished a respectable 11th in a downhill in Lake Louise last month.

Julia Mancuso, fourth after the opening super-G leg, dropped to 16th – one spot behind fellow American Kaylin Richardson – after a slalom run littered with mistakes.

Their teammate, Lindsey Kildow, was sidelined with a stomach ailment.

“She thinks it’s the flu or maybe food poisoning,” Mancuso said. “It started suddenly. She was fine last night, had a shower then 10 minutes later she wasn’t feeling good.”

Though the course was bumpy, with icy and slick sections, most racers were happy to get the competition off amid a chaotic snowless European season disrupted by repeated cancellations.

Reiteralm is not usually a World Cup stop because it fails to meet certain International Ski Federation requirements, including having the race finish in the village. But the resort picked up various races that were called off elsewhere because it was one of the few places able to make snow.

To fit in the required number of gates on the hill, some sections of the super-G leg were set tight, almost like a giant slalom, benefiting the technical specialists.

AP-ES-12-15-06 1010EST


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