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Switzerland's Von Grünigen wins giant slalom in United States

Switzerland's Von Grünigen celebrates his 17th career victory


The veteran Swiss skier, Michael Von Grünigen, won the men's World Cup giant slalom race at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah on Friday. Von Grünigen rushed down the 2002 Olympic run to win the event with a time of two minutes and 32 seconds.

Von Grünigen came in seventh in the first of the two-stage event. However, his second time was enough to give him the first-class podium finish.

The Norwegian skier, Lasse Kjus, who skipped most of last season due to illness, came in second while the Austrian favourite, Harmann Maier, came in third. Maier is the Olympic giant slalom champion.

The 31-year-old, Von Grünigen, won Switzerland's second title at the World Cup event. On Thursday, Swiss skier, Sonja Nef, won the women's giant slalom race.

swissinfo with agencies

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