Diann Roffe's second run earned her a stunning victory in the women's giant slalom yesterday and gave the U.S. team its first gold medal at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy.
Roffe, a 17-year-old from Williamson, N.Y., was fifth after the first run in the time of 1 minute 9.18 seconds. She completed her second run -- on a differently laid-out course -- in 1:09.35 for a total time of 2:18.53.
Elisabeth Kirchler of Austria won the silver medal with a combined time of 2:19.13. Eva Twardokens of Squaw Valley, Calif., who led after the first run, won the bronze in 2:19.21 and Debbie Armstrong, the Olympic giant slalom champion from Seattle, finished fourth in 2:19.26.
Roffe is a member of the U.S. B team. Her previous best result was eighth place in a World Cup giant slalom in Lake Placid, N.Y., last year.
The course for the second run, set up by an Austrian coach, had 48 gates and a vertical drop of 343 meters. The first course was set up by American Coach Brad Ghent . . .
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