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Italy's Karen Putzer was the surprise winner of a women's super-G race Sunday, upsetting the field's elite for her first career World Cup triumph.

Putzer charged down the snowy, blustery Corviglia II course in 1 minute, 27.37 seconds, beating teammate Alessandra Merlin, second at 1:27.53.

Putzer, who does not race in the downhill and had shown particular skill in the giant slalom this season, stared in disbelief at the scoreboard upon crossing the finish line, shaking her head.

"I thought I had a bad run," said Putzer. "I had a bad feeling and I didn't want to look at the clock, who had reached the podium only twice previously, finishing second in a giant slalom at Copper Mountain this year and third in a super-G at Cortina in 1998.

"When I looked up at the scoreboard and saw 'No. 1' next to my name, I thought it was something else, not my position," added Putzer, a former super-G and giant slalom junior world champion. "I can't believe I was first."

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