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    Sunday, December 07, 1997

    France's Ruby extends giant slalom winning streak

     SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) -- France's Karine Ruby beat her nearest rival by over wo seconds Sunday to win a fourth consecutive Snowboard World Cup giant slalom race and maintain a commanding lead in the season standings.
     Ruby, favored to take the gold when snowboarding makes its Olympic debut at the Nagano Games in February, had rides of 55.21 and 55.92 seconds down the 800-meter course at Sestriere in Italy's western Alps.
     No other competitor went under 56 seconds in either of the two runs.
     Ruby's total time of 1 minute, 51.13 seconds easily bettered the 1:53.46 turned in by runner-up Heidi Renoth of Germany. Austria's Isabell Zedlacher was third in 1:54.84, followed by Slovenia's Polona Zupan in 1:55.12 and Slovakia's Jana Sedova in 1:55.26.
     After four races, Ruby tops the World Cup giant slalom standings with a perfect 3000 points. Renoth -- who was also second at Soelden, Austria, last weekend -- is next with 1,800 points. Italy's Martina Magenta, ninth Sunday in 1:56.23, is third overall with 1,410.
     The men's giant slalom is Monday.
     
     Snowboard World Cup Results
     SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) -- Leading finishers Sunday in a Snowboard World Cup women's giant slalom:
     1. Karine Ruby, France, 1 minute, 51.13 seconds (55.21 seconds, 55.92 seconds).
     2. Heidi Renoth, Germany, 1:53.46 (56.18, 57.28).
     3. Isabell Zedlacher, Austria, 1:54.84 (56.54, 58.30).
     4. Polona Zupan, Slovenia, 1:55.12 (57.46, 57.66).
     5. Jana Sedova, Slovakia, 1:55.26 (57.43, 57.83).
     6. Dagmar Mair Unter Der Eggen, Italy, 1:55.36 (57.92, 57.44).
     7. Marie Birkl, Sweden, 1:55.64 (57.83, 57.81).
     8. Brigitte Koeck, Austria, 1:55.68 (57.49, 58.19).
     9. Martina Magenta, Italy, 1:56.23 (57.60, 58.63).
     10. sabelle Blanc, France, 1:56.62 (57.10, 59.52).
     Also
     11. Lisa Kosglow, Boise, Idaho, 1:56.70 (57.38, 59.32).
     16. Manuela Riegler, Austria, 1:57.87 (58.01, 59.86).
     27. Margerita Parini, Italy, 2:03.70 (56.39, 1:07.31).
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     World Cup Standings
     After Four Events)
     1. Ruby, 3000 points.
     2. Renoth, 1800.
     3. Magenta, 1410.
     4. Parini, 1345.
     5. Zupan, 1260.
     6. Zedlacher, 1200.
     7. Sondra Van Ert, Ketchum, Idaho, 1140.
     8. Riegler, 1110.
     9. Mair Unter Der Eggen, 1010.
     10. Rosey Fletcher, Girdwood, Alaska, 1000.
     Also
     12. Kosglow, 930.
     17. Betsy Shaw, East Dorset, Vt., 680.