Lindsey Vonn wins super-G title
SCHLADMING, Austria -- More accolades for Lindsey Vonn, and perhaps more to come.
Vonn won her fourth World Cup super-G title Thursday, finishing sixth in the discipline's final race of the season. It was her 16th career crystal globe.
Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was the winner, her first super-G victory. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was second, followed by Marion Rolland of France. Another American, Leanne Smith, was fifth.
Vonn, the overall World Cup champion, narrowly avoided skiing out on a blistering run, taking a 1.22-second advantage over Rebensburg into the final intermediate time check. She went off course and just made the next gate shortly before the finish.
"I had a great run, but was much too straight in that banana turn," Vonn said. "Coaches had told me I could approach that turn straight, but at my speed, it was just impossible."
Vonn had to slow down to get back on the course and lost almost two seconds to trail Rebensburg by 0.57 at the finish.
Vonn has two races left to earn 53 points and overtake Austrian great Hermann Maier's record of 2,000 World Cup points in a single season. She is closing in on the women's mark of 1,980 points held by Janica Kostelic of Croatia.
Anna Fenninger needed to win the super-G to close the 94-point gap on Vonn, but the Austrian placed fourth. The American has won four of seven races in the discipline this season.
Vonn might skip the slalom Saturday for extra giant slalom training. She failed to finish her past three slaloms but has had an outstanding GS season with her first two wins in the discipline.
"I am not sure to do the slalom and maybe prepare for the GS," Vonn said. "Or I might do the slalom to try to get some points to put pressure off the GS. That decision I will make tomorrow. Let's see how much energy I've left and go from there."
In sunny and warm conditions, Rebensburg finished in 1 minute, 24.54 seconds to beat Mancuso by 0.18 seconds and Rolland by 0.21. Mancuso overtook Fenninger in the super-G standings to finish second behind Vonn.
Rebensburg is favored to win the giant slalom title Sunday.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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