|LENGGRIES, Germany (Jan. 27) - |
Sunday, Duke ran her podium streak to three Europa Cup slaloms with a blistering first run and a total time of 1:32.58. Sweden's Veronica Smed was runner-up in 1:33.53 while Grant, the 2006 NorAm slalom champion, had the second-fastest final run, finishing in 1:33.81. Kiley Staples (Park City, UT), the '07 NorAm slalom champion, was ninth, timed in 1:33.95.
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Saturday, Duke also held off Smed for the win. Duke's two-run time was 1:35.90 with Smed second in 1:36.02. Staples finished 19th with Caitlin Ciccone (Bethlehem, NH) 25th.
Duke, 22 and in her first year on the U.S. Ski Team, began her podiums run Jan. 1 in Melchsee-Frutt, Switzerland, when she was third. She came up through Idaho's McCall Ski Team and Park City Ski Team programs.
"Hailey's turned it on this year," said Women's SL/GS Head Coach Chris Knight. "We wanted her to have success at the Europa Cup level and she's certainly doing what we asked."
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