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Round one of the Nobis family battle went to sister Shannon.

Before the sun came up to begin a sparkling Saturday in Colorado, Jeremy Nobis of Park City, Utah, earned a 13th-place finish in a men's giant slalom ski race in France.Yet it was hours later, as Shannon was preparing for her own race, when she got the word on her brother.

"I was like, `Why didn't anyone tell me?' I was so excited," she said.

"For sure, I don't want to think about that when I go to the start, but I think down here without even realizing it you get excited and it does things to you."

Brother Jeremy certainly lit a fire in Shannon on Saturday. Considered to be at her best in giant slalom, Shannon sped to a career-best sixth in the super-G, trailing winner Sylvia Eder of Austria by only .60 seconds with a time of 1 minute, 21.86 seconds.

"People were bringing it up in the start and getting all excited and I sad, `Well, don't get too excited, it might take your focus away or take your energy."'

She had no reason to worry, as it turned out. She had plenty of energy left over as she threw herself down the mountain.

At first, she was unsure just how well she had done, saying only that it "was like I always ski: out of control, straight and late, but I was really going for it."

Nobis' accomplishment clicked in when Germany's Katja Seizinger, only the World Cup super-G champion, checked in .27 seconds slower.

"I shouldn't be surprised," Nobis said. "Our girls are skiing well, so if I do well in training, I should know I'm going to do well in the race."