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CHENAL SPILLS EMOTIONS AFTER FIRST WORLD CUP WIN

Joel Chenal of France burst into tears of joy Sunday after his first World Cup victory.

Chenal beat favorite Hermann Maier of Austria in a giant slalom -- a discipline Maier has dominated.

"It is so emotional to win a race," Chenal said. "After all the tension, something just cracked and I cried."

Chenal, who had never finished better than fifth prior to Sunday, was timed in 2 minutes, 39.68 seconds, for two runs.

"I never dreamed of beating Maier -- who is such a champion -- on this extra tough course," Chenal said.

Maier, who has won five times this season, finished second at 2:39.76. He won the first two giant slaloms this season and was the heavy favorite Sunday.

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