GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- Fritz Strobl strengthened his bid for a spot on Austria's powerful Olympic team by winning a World Cup super giant slalom Saturday on a tough course.
U.S. star Daron Rahlves was ninth, 1.39 seconds behind Strobl, in a race in which Austrians took three of the first four spots and five of the top 10.
Strobl was timed in 1 minute, 20.10 seconds for his second victory of the season following a downhill win in Bormio, Italy.
Switzerland's Didier Cuche finished second in 1:20.60. Austria's Stephen Eberharter, winner of the previous two super-Gs, was third in 1:20.79 and stretched his big lead in the overall World Cup standings.
Strobl's eighth career victory most likely will assure him a place on his country's Olympic team, at least in the super-G.
"I didn't really think of the Olympics," he said. "I simply was trying to ski as well as I can, without trying anything spectacular. And it went perfectly."
Watched by wife Bettina and young son Mario, Strobl won on the slope where he captured a downhill last year.
"Garmisch just suits me," Strobl said. "I like warm weather and it seems my family brings me luck. After this, Mario will have to come to all the races."
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