Skiing: Slovenian proves quick enough on the piste to upstage Tomba

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JURE KOSIR shows the speed that upstaged his idol-turned-mentor Alberto Tomba to win the World Cup slalom in Madonna di Campiglio yesterday, the first Slovenian skiing victory since independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. It was also the first win of Kosir's career and he secured it over the triple Olympic champion he idolised in his youth and with whom he struck up a friendship last summer.

'It's hard to put into words what this means - beating Alberto at such a great venue,' he said. Kosir pointed out that athletes from his country had won 24 World Cup races while competing under the Yugoslav flag. 'Still, I'm delighted that this first win in the name of Slovenia coincides with my first victory,' he said.

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