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Attack the key at Kuhtai, says Austria's coach Jurgen Kriechbaum

Austrian coach Jurgen Kriechbaum has urged his skiers to attack the slalom course at Kuhtai on Monday in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup.

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The small Austrian village will host the 12th and 13th events of the women's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup after a lack of snow forced administrators to move the giant slalom and slalom from Semmering, and Kriechbaum has labelled the latter race's course quirky.

With plenty of variety in the Tyrolean mountains, Kriechbaum - Austria's head coach for women - wants his skiers to attack the transitional periods of the course.

Austria struggled in the last slalom race in Are, Sweden, failing to claim a podium finish with Michaela Kirchgasser claiming the country's best finish of fifth.

But Kriechbaum reckons Kuhtai is a lot different than Are and he will be hoping it is more like Aspen in the United States, where Nicole Hosp won and Kathrin Zettel claimed third, or the Finnish town of Levi, where Zettel also earned bronze.

"The slope [in Kuhtai] has some quirks," Kriechbaum said.

"It changes from steep to flat surfaces and into the steep and has more transitions in between than Are," he told Salzburger Nachrichten.

"Who masters that the best, will be fast. I hope that our girls attack the hill."

Frida Hansdotter (220 points) of Sweden leads the women's slalom standings this season despite having failed to win a race.

Consistency has been the key for Hansdotter, who finished second overall in slalom last season, having finished second in Levi and Aspen, plus claiming a third in Are.

Overall leader Tina Maze (209) of Slovenia is second in the slalom standings, while another Swede Maria Pietila-Holmner (200) is third ahead of Zettel (136) and Hosp (129).

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