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Shelley Osterloh ReportingUtah's greatest snow on earth delivered to the World's best women skiers today at America's Opening World Cup. The Defending World Cup Giant Slalom Champion had no problem keeping her title in tact today.

It was a gorgeous day on the slopes -- plenty of fast snow -- just the way Sweden's Anja Pearson likes it. On the second run she finished more than a second ahead of the closest competitor. She won the Silver medal in this event in the 2002 Olympics, and she says she likes Park City a lot.

Anja Paerson, Sweden, World Cup Winner: "I really like this hill; it has everything, this course. And it’s really nice to come here because the snow is always perfect.”

The best finish came from powerhouse Sarah Schleper who finished eighth. It was her second top 10 finish of the season and she expects things to just get better.

Sarah Schleper, USA Skier: "I really feel lucky. I feel blessed that I’m skiing this fast right now and I’m excited for the season."

Tomorrow the women return for the Slalom race. It starts at 10:30 -- great way to spend the day on the mountain.

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