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ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, March 12 (R-Sport) – German 18-year-old Anna-Lena Forster won gold at her first Paralympics on Wednesday, skiing to victory in the women’s sitting slalom.
Forster led after the first run and held on to first place by 0.81 seconds despite dropping time on the second run to eventual silver medalist Kimberly Joines of Canada.
Her win is Germany’s second of the day in Alpine skiing after Andrea Rothfuss won gold in the standing slalom, and takes Germany to six gold medals for the Games, remarkably without winning any silver or bronze medals.
The bronze in the sitting slalom went to Laurie Stephens of the United States, who finished four seconds off the pace.
Two-time Sochi gold medalist Anna Schaffelhuber of Germany was expected to fight for the win, but was disqualified after the first run for missing a gate. The race used the principle of so-called “calculated time,” in which each athlete’s times is modified by a percentage reflecting the extent of their disability.
Earlier in the day, Russian skier Alexandra Frantseva produced a quick second run to snatch slalom gold from Britain’s Jade Etherington in the visually impaired class.
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