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Ofterschwang, Germany • Around this time last year, Resi Stiegler was happy just to make it through a full season without getting hurt.
After a couple of nasty crashes and three mostly lost seasons of injuries and rehabilitation, Stiegler reached a more ambitious milestone on Sunday. She finished a career-best second in a World Cup slalom on Sunday.
"I'm ecstatic, I almost have no words for it," said Stiegler, of Jackson, Wyo. "I don't know why it all came together today, but maybe it could have come together all year and was just waiting for this one day."
The only person between the American and a gold medal was Erin Mielzynski, who gave Canada its first World Cup slalom victory in more than 40 years. Marlies Schild of Austria placed third to win her fourth slalom World Cup title.
Stiegler, a 2006 Olympian, had her career derailed the following December, when she wiped out during a giant slalom run in Austria, breaking her right leg, left arm and tearing all the ligaments in her right knee.
In Kvitfjell, Norway, Kjetil Jansrud won the men's World Cup super-G race. The Norwegian skier finished in 1 minute, 34.02 seconds. His compatriot Aksel Lund Svindal was second, 0.21 behind, with Beat Feuz of Switzerland in third, 0.26 behind the winner.
Andrew Weibrecht was the top American, finishing 23rd.
In Heerenveen, Netherlands, Shani Davis won the men's World Cup 1,000 meters to close the gap on Stefan Groothuis at the top of the standings to just 40 points. Davis finished in 1:08.88 to edge Groothuis in a head-to-head duel in the final pair. Kjeld Nuis was third.
American Heather Richardson earlier won the women's 1,000, finishing in 1:15.82.