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Germany wins team event at alpine skiing's World Cup finals

Germany won the parallel racing national team event Friday at Alpine skiing's World Cup finals.

Austria loses to Italy 3-1 for third place

Germany had been third at the world championships last month when Sweden took the silver medal behind host nation Austria. (Armando Trovati/Associated Press )

Germany won the parallel racing national team event Friday at alpine skiing's World Cup finals.

The German team of Felix Neureuther, Fritz Dopfer, Veronique Hronek and Lena Duerr won 3-1 in the final against the Swedish quartet of Andre Myhrer, Jens Byggmark, Maria Pietilae-Holmner and Frida Hansdottir.

Germany had been third at the world championships last month when Sweden took the silver medal behind host nation Austria.

Austria lost to Italy 3-1 for third place.

Only seven nations took part in the competition, which the United States skipped.

Each nation has four racers, two men and two women, who race head-to-head against their opponents in four parallel races. Each win is worth one point.

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