FLACHAU, Austria (Reuters) - Austrian Marlies Schild followed up her victory on home snow in Lienz in late December by winning a floodlit slalom in Flachau on Tuesday.
Out of action for the whole of last season, the 2007 and 2008 slalom World Cup winner won with a combined time of one minute and 37.89 seconds.
Olympic champion Anja Paerson also failed to finish the opening run and the Swede was treated on the side of the piste for a knee injury.
She was taken away from the course on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital for further checks.
Overall World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn, who won three events in Haus im Ennstal last weekend, crashed out of contention on the first run. Vonn was unhurt.
World champion Maria Riesch of Germany was second, 0.34 seconds behind Schild. Her sister Susanne led after the first run but straddled a gate as she was heading for her first World Cup victory.
Third place went to Austria’s Kathrin Zettel, who earned her seventh podium of the winter, 0.42 off the pace.
It was Schild’s 20th victory in a World Cup slalom, making her the third most successful woman in the discipline behind Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider (34) and Erika Hess (21).
“Lienz was more emotional because it was such a great comeback and possibly my greatest race ever,” she said.
“But this is a huge satisfaction because it’s always great to win at home and a great morale booster. I gave it everything in the second leg but with such a gap behind the Rieschs, I was not too sure of myself,” Schild said.
The Austrian, who has now won 23 World Cup races, was nearly a second adrift after the first run.
The women’s circuit moves to Maribor at the weekend for a giant slalom and a slalom.
Editing by Justin Palmer