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World Cup racing | Vonn, Shiffrin claim titles in France

Staff and U.S. Ski Team report

MERIBEL, France — Standing in the start house, Lindsey Vonn knew the scenario — Austria's Anna Fenninger was in the lead and it would take a win to claim the super G title.

Even with that pressure on her shoulders, Vonn skied aggressively down the Roc de Fer and claimed her 67th World Cup victory this past Thursday and 19th Audi FIS Ski World Cup crystal globe, sweeping the speed titles in the World Cup Finals at Meribel. Fenninger, who went on to win the overall title with a giant slalom win Sunday, placed second.

Vonn's 19 World Cup titles is the most of any woman in history, and matches the mark set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.

"She put a lot of pressure on me," Vonn said of Fenninger. "I knew she was leading when I was at the top. I skied as hard as I could, especially on the bottom. I flew a long ways off the jump."

Vonn came into the super G with a narrow eight-point lead over Fenninger, who put down a stunning run to move into the lead from the 15th start position.

But Vonn, skiing 19th, set the pace right from the top, arcing a direct line through the course to gain a .41 lead by the midway point. She hit the lower jump hard, soaring far but getting perfect bite in the soft snow with a left-footed turn to set herself up for the run to the finish line.

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Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley did not race after ending her season early due to a nagging hip injury.

Shiffrin wins slalom title

Sweden's Frida Hansdotter brought the pressure but American Mikaela Shiffrin was prepared, summoning a strong second slalom run to overtake her for the victory and a third straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom title at the finals in Meribel.

Hansdotter, who had challenged Shiffrin's defense of her title all season, was first out of the gate in the first run, putting down a sharp performance to set the target for Shiffrin.

The American was unable to match, standing second, .07 back. Shiffrin had come into the race with a 90-point margin, meaning that she needed a top-15 finish to keep the globe.

In the second run, Shiffrin skied cleanly and put down the time to beat. Hansdotter was last down the Roc de Fer course, holding a strong lead most of the way but unable to match Shiffrin on the bottom.

"Frida put a lot of pressure on me but I expected that," Shiffrin said. "She's a tough fighter and I've learned a lot from her — she's so fast. I had to pull out a lot out of myself in the second run. You saw at the top, she was just crushing. I'm going to watch her video all summer to see how she skis so fast."

Vonn’s World Cup titles

2015

Downhill

Super G

 

2013

Downhill

 

2012

Overall

Downhill

Super G

Combined

 

2011

Downhill

Super G

Combined

 

2010

Overall

Downhill

Super G

Combined

 

2009

Overall

Downhill

Super G

 

2008

Overall

Downhill