Skiing: Maier sets Super-G record in 11th win

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HERMANN MAIER moved back to the top of the World Cup podium on Sunday as the Austrian won the men's super-G here for a record 11th victory in the discipline.

Maier, whose run of four successive World Cup race triumphs was ended with a second place in Saturday's downhill, flashed down the icy, 46- gate Olympic course in 1min 30.21sec to win by nearly a full second. Fredrik Nyberg of Sweden was second in 1:31.16, with Josef Strobl of Austria third in 1:31.34.

The victory put Maier, 27, on top of the super-G all-time winners' list as he eclipsed the former Swiss skier Pirmin Zurbriggen, who posted 10 super-G wins.

"It's great to make history and I'm looking to go further and further," said Maier, who in three years has won Olympic gold, world and World Cup titles in downhill, giant slalom and super-G. When asked about new goals, however, he said: "To find a woman and marry her."

Maier now leads the season's downhill, super-G and giant slalom standings, and in the overall has a remarkable 580 points, 200 better than his team- mate Stephan Eberharter, who holds second place.

"So far I'm having a great season and I think that I can continue to do well when we go back to Europe," said the man known as "The Hermannator". Strobl led the rest of the Austrian juggernaut, which again took seven of the top 10 places in a reprise of Saturday's downhill.

The men's World Cup heads back to Europe, with downhill and giant slalom races scheduled for next weekend in Val D'Isere.

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