Allison Forsyth in Val d'Isere, France GS December 12, 2002
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Italian Karen Putzer picked up where she left off in Lake Louise last week, winning her second consecutive World Cup race Thursday in the giant slalom at Val d'Isere, France.

Putzer carried a .74 of a second lead into the medal run and held off Swiss ace Sonja Nef to win in a combined time of two minutes, 22.17 seconds. Nef was .36 of a second back while Austrians Michaela Dorfmeister and Alexandra Meissnitzer shared third place in 2:23.05. Dorfmeister skied the fastest second run to claim her podium.

Three Canadian racers each put in one very good run, with Genevi