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Austrian Marlies Schild beats younger sister at Courcheval to equal record

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Austrian Marlies Schild beats younger sister at Courcheval to equal record

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Austrian Marlies Schild has returned from injury to net a record-equalling 34th World Cup slalom victory.

The 32-year-old – without a slalom win since February 2012 – ended her wait at Courchevel in the French Alps, beating her sister Bernadette into third place.

Schild, returning from a knee injury
sustained in Sweden a year ago, equalled Vreni Schneider’s record of 34 World Cup slalom victories.

“After all I’ve been through this victory means so much…I knew it would finally come one day,” said Schild.

“I’m happy and proud, firstly for being on the podium and secondly for the record.”

Swede Frida Hansdotter, finishing second, prevented the Schild sisters finishing one-two on the podium.

Bernadette Schild, seeking her first World Cup race win, was quicker than Hansdotter and her elder sister after the first run.

But when Marlies improved second time around, Bernadette was pushed down to third.