Schneider Clinches World Cup Title

Associated Press

Vreni Schneider of Switzerland won the World Cup women’s overall ski title with a third-place finish to teammate Maria Walliser in a giant slalom race Saturday.

Walliser, skiing in rain, flashed down the 48-gate course in 2 minutes 20.37 seconds. Mateja Svet of Yugoslavia was second in 2:21.24.

Schneider, the slalom winner Friday, finished third in 2:21.98 and took the overall title with an unbeatable point margin with two races remaining.

Walliser earlier won two World Cup downhill races, but it was her first win in the giant slalom this season.


The fourth finisher was Catherine Quittet of France in 2:22.28, followed by Jolanda Kindle of Liechtenstein in 2:22.57.

Tamara McKinney of the United States, who placed third in the women’s slalom Friday, finished eighth in 2:23.44.