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Shiffrin comes out on top in head-to-head Super-G with Vonn

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One chapter in the career of U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn came to a close on Sunday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, but it wasn’t the kind of ending she would have chosen.

Vonn was one of many skiers on Sunday who were unable to finish the Super-G course. After making it through the most technically difficult section, Vonn misjudged her line coming out of the shadows, hit a gate and was forced to pull up.

Sunday’s Super-G marked the final time Vonn would race in Cortina d’Ampezzo. With 12 wins over 18 years of competition, Vonn holds the all-time win record at the venue. Vonn’s legacy in Cortina was honored at Saturday night’s awards ceremony, where she was overcome with emotion.

On Sunday, a disappointed Vonn made her way to the finish, where her close friend and fierce competitor, Italy’s Sofia Goggia, greeted her with a bouquet of flowers before dropping down to bow to Vonn.

The U.S.’ Mikaela Shiffrin, as with the previous three World Cup Super-Gs this season, found a way to win in Cortina. Racing for the first time this weekend, Shiffrin started her run .30 hundredths of a second back at the first checkpoint. But as it is with Shiffrin, she stayed strong through the end of her run, making up time and crossing the finish line to take the lead by .16 hundredths of a second.

Joining Shiffrin on the podium were Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather and Austria’s Tamara Tippler. Full results are here.

Along with Vonn, some of the best World Cup Super-G skiers also struggled to finish. The winner of Friday and Saturday’s downhill races in Cortina, Austria’s Ramona Siebenhofer followed by Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin posted back-to-back DNFs on the same turn early in their runs.

Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec, a dual-podium finisher in Cortina this weekend, also skied out in the Super-G. Eleven racers in all would not cross the finish line on Sunday.

This is the 54th World Cup win for Shiffrin, which ties her with Austria’s Hermann Maier on the all-time World Cup win list.

Shiffrin is also currently leading across four categories in World Cup competition, including the overall title.

On the men’s tour, it turned out to be a second-run slugfest in slalom to close out the weekend in Wengen. In the end, France’s Clement Noel won his first World Cup event, holding off Manny Feller of Austria, while slalom World Cup points leader Marcel Hirscher slipped to third, despite having the fastest second-run time. Full results are here.

Next week the women’s World Cup heads to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany to race the downhill and Super-G. Competition begins on Saturday, January 26 with the women’s downhill at 4:00 a.m. EST.

The men’s tour heads to Kitzbuehel, Austria for three races — Super-G, downhill and slalom. The Super-G gets things underway on Friday, January 25 at 5:30 a.m. EST.

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Lindsey Vonn gets 5th at worlds combined; Swiss go 1-2

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Lindsey Vonn placed fifth in the world championships super combined on Friday, while Swiss Wendy Holdener and Michelle Gisin gave the hosts a one-two finish in St. Moritz.

Vonn finished an Olympics or worlds super combined for the first time in 12 years, an encouraging result going into her final event at worlds, the downhill on Sunday (6 a.m. ET, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

“I think it’s a lot better than most people thought I would do,” Vonn said. “I may not have skied slalom in over a year, but I still know how to ski slalom. I’m not that bad. I have won slalom World Cups in my career. … All things considered, I did a pretty good job.”

She had failed to complete the slalom portion of the event in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015 and also skied out of her first race this week, the super-G on Tuesday.

Vonn was sixth-fastest in the morning downhill, but, skiing with her injured right hand taped to her ski pole, moved up in the afternoon slalom, her weakest discipline, to finish .85 behind Holdener.

Vonn has finished a slalom in competition just three times in the last four years, all in combined races.

“It was definitely difficult, but, I mean, I grew up skiing slalom in Minnesota,” Vonn said on NBCSN. “So I figured I had some good muscle memory, and I charged it. I hit a gate on my face on, like, the third gate, but I think on the bottom part I skied really well. So I’m really happy with it. Fifth is OK. I’d rather be fifth than fourth, but I’d also rather be on the podium.”

Holdener beat countrywoman Gisin by .05, with Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser taking bronze.

“Can it get any better and more amazing in front of the home crowd, I don’t think so,” Gisin said.

Full results are here.

They marked the first world medals for Holdener and Gisin. Kirchgasser has now earned individual medals at three straight worlds.

Swiss Lara Gut, one of the pre-race favorites, ruptured an ACL falling in slalom warm-up after placing third in the morning downhill.

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