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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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Anna Fenninger wins Worlds giant slalom; Vonn, Shiffrin, Maze miss medals

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Austrian Anna Fenninger won her second gold medal at the World Alpine Skiing Championships, taking the giant slalom, while Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Tina Maze finished off the podium.

Fenninger, who captured the super-G last week, prevailed by 1.4 seconds combining times from two runs Thursday in Beaver Creek, Colo. Fenninger was fastest in the first run and second fastest in the second run, despite nearly falling at one point.

“I thought I will crash,” Fenninger told NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno. “It’s unbelievable that I could stand and stay in the course. It’s so close to lose everything and [then] to win everything.”

German Viktoria Rebensburg earned silver, followed by Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby taking bronze.

Slovenia’s Tina Maze was fifth, ending her bid to become the first woman to win five individual medals at a single World Championships. Maze, the World Cup overall leader who may retire after this season, previously took gold in the downhill and super combined and silver in the super-G.

Shiffrin placed eighth in the giant slalom, her second-best event behind the slalom, where she will defend her World title Saturday. Shiffrin had placed tied for first, third, sixth and 10th in four World Cup giant slaloms this season.

Watch Shiffrin’s second run here.

Vonn finished 14th, competing in giant slalom for the first time in more than two years and in her final event of these World Championships. Boyfriend Tiger Woods was on hand to watch her race Thursday. Vonn improved from 27th place after the first run with the fifth-best second run.

“Second run, I finally found the timing, and I just let it go,” Vonn said on NBCSN. “It’s nice to kind of end these championships on a positive note.”

Vonn, 30, ended the World Championships with a bronze medal in the super-G, a fifth in the downhill and did not finish the super combined. She hoped for better after winning five of 10 World Cup starts in her comeback in December and January.

“These World Championships just haven’t really gone the way I had hoped and dreamed that they would,” Vonn, who felt knee soreness during Worlds, said after her first run Thursday, according to the Denver Post. “I’ve got to look at the small positives. I still have one medal, and I’m proud of that.”

Vonn’s next goal is contending for a World Cup overall title.

The World Championships continue with the men’s giant slalom Friday, including defending World champion Ted Ligety.

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Andrea Fischbacher, 2010 gold medalist, left off Austrian Olympic Alpine team

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When Austria secured the maximum 22 quota spots for its Olympic Alpine team, there figured to be few surprises when its roster was announced.

Instead, there was a shocker.

Andrea Fischbacher, the Vancouver Olympic champion in the super-G, was not among the selections to the world’s strongest overall squad.

Fischbacher, 28, seemed like a lock to make it judging by her pair of Top-10 finishes at last year’s World Championships in Schladming, as well as respectable finishes in the Beaver Creek downhill (8th), as well as the two Cortina d’Ampezzo downhills (10th and 11th). Austria, is in the midst of an even stronger season this year. Her best super-G finish of the season, however, was 17th in Beaver Creek, and she skied out of the final race in Cortina on Sunday, which likely impacted her not being chosen.

Without Fischbacher, Austria will still quite the formidable unit in Sochi. Of the 22 skiers named, 16 have made at least one prior trip to the Games and four have won medals. Marcel Hirscher is a medal contender in at least three men’s events, while the women’s team boasts podium potential in Anna Fenninger, Marlies Schild and Elisabeth Goergl.

The team was dealt an unexpected blow when Hannes Reichelt, the only Austrian to win a World Cup downhill this season, was ruled out of the Games with a herniated disk in his back. Joachim Puchner has been named as his replacement..

Austria’s entire Olympic team will be made up of 130 athletes.

Benjamin Raich, a two-time gold medalist in Torino in 2006, will make his fourth Olympic appearance and has been elected to be the Austrian flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony in Sochi.

Here is a look at their roster:

Women:

Anna Fenninger – 2010 Olympian

Elisabeth Goergl – 2006-10 Olympian, 2x medalist

Nicole Hosp – 2006 Olympian

Cornelia Huetter

Michaela Kirchgasser – 2006-10 Olympian

Bernadette Schild

Marlies Schild – 2002-10 Olympian, 3x medalist

Nicole Schmidhofer – 2010 Olympian

Regina Sterz – 2010 Olympian

Kathrin Zettel – 2006-10 Olympian

Men:

Romed Baumann – 2010 Olympian

Max Franz

Reinfried Herbst – 2006 Olympian, 1x medalist

Marcel Hirscher – 2010 Olympian

Klaus Kroell – 2006-10 Olympian

Mario Matt – 2006 Olympian

Matthias Mayer

Benjamin Raich – 2002-10 Olympian, 4x medalist

Joachim Puchner

Philipp Schoerghofer – 2010 Olympian

Georg Streitberger – 2010 Olympian

Otmar Striedinger

U.S. Olympic Alpine team announced