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Victory puts Rocca in elite company

Giorgio Rocca has etched his name alongside some of the greatest skiers of all time.

The Italian won his fifth consecutive slalom race yesterday, joining Alberto Tomba, Ingemar Stenmark, and Marc Girardelli as the only men to accomplish that feat in a single season.

''It is a big honor to have my name in the history of skiing," said Rocca, who finished with a combined time of 1 minute 42.28 seconds in Wengen, Switzerland.

Overall World Cup champion Bode Miller's day wasn't nearly as successful.

Miller was 20th in the opening run after going sideways after a tight turn, and brushing his right hip on the snow before pulling off another trademark recovery. He switched to a different pair of skis and delivered the day's fastest second run to finish in eighth place with a time of 1:43.67.

''I still felt really awkward, but at least I won the second run," Miller said. ''I changed skis between runs and that was great, but also tough. I had no training [on the new skis], nothing. I hadn't skied on that ski in a long time."

Rocca, who had 0.30 seconds to make up after the second run, fought back from fourth place.

Austrian Benjamin Raich, the World Cup overall leader, has 706 points. Teammate Michael Walchhofer is second (600) and American Daron Rahlves is third (589). Miller is fourth with 545.

Kostelic makes history

Three-time Olympian Janica Kostelic captured her first World Cup super-G, in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, to become the first woman to claim wins in six disciplines.

''It's funny. I feel like laughing, like crying -- it was my goal," Kostelic said. ''It's the dream of all skiers to win every discipline."

Kostelic finished in 1:9.41 on a demanding slope, .10 ahead of Austrians Michaela Dorfmeister and Alexandra Meissnitzer, the season's top two super-G racers, who shared second. Kirsten Clark of the United States was fourth in 1:09.63.

Among her 24 World Cup wins, Kostelic has captured all five main disciplines, the giant slalom, downhill, slalom, super-G, and combined. She also has a victory in the new super-combi.

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