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Winter Sports: Weiss and easy goes the winner.

Angelo Weiss, an also-ran for most of his nine seasons on the circuit, shot to unexpected fame by becoming the first Italian skier since Alberto Tomba to win a World Cup slalom.

The 30-year-old from Vigo di Fassa skied a fine second run in Chamonix, France, to upset the favourites in 2 minutes 1.27 seconds.

Weiss, whose previous best was fifth in Aspen last season and who has broken his knee twice, was only seventh after the morning run. But his mastery of the new short skis used by slalom specialists this season helped him to emulate Tomba, who won his last race in Crans Montana in March 1998.

His victory stopped another skiing great, Norway's Kjetil-Andre Aamodt, reaching new heights. The 1993 slalom champion had never won a World Cup race in the discipline and looked set to correct that odd gap after clocking the fastest time in the first leg, but fatally relaxed at the end of the second run.
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Author:Thomazeau, Francois
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 10, 2000
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