Vail’s Vonn 18th in final slalom
ARE, Sweden ” Sandrine Aubert of France won the last World Cup slalom of the season on Friday, while Lindsey Vonn’s streak ended as she finished 18th.
Aubert had a two-run total of 1 minute, 49.23 seconds on the Gastrappet course, edging Fanny Chmelar of Germany by 0.06 seconds. Maria Riesch of Germany, who has already clinched the overall slalom title, was 0.37 behind in fifth place.
Vonn, of Vail, Colo., finished out of the points. But the American had a stellar week, winning the downhill Wednesday, the super-G on Thursday and setting a U.S. women’s record by clinching her second overall title.
“I would have liked the slalom to turn out better,” Vonn said. “My goal was to stay second in the standings behind Maria, but Sarka skied a great race. I’ve already accomplished more this season than I possibly could have hoped for.”
Riesch topped the final slalom standings with 670 points. Zahrobska moved into second with 459 and Vonn dropped to third with 440.
“I was able to keep both the downhill and overall titles, and the super G was such a bonus,” Vonn said. “I’m really proud of that. Tomorrow is the GS, so the season isn’t over just yet.”
Vonn leads Riesch 1,788 points to 1,404 going into Saturday’s giant slalom, the final race of the season.
It was Aubert’s second consecutive slalom win. Last week, she won her first career slalom in Germany.
“This victory is even more meaningful because it’s great to confirm my success,” she said. “This morning when I inspected the course, I doubted a little bit about myself. Now I have really proved that I can do it. I reached another level with this second victory.”
Therese Borssen of Sweden and first-run leader Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic shared third, 0.23 behind.
Riesch, the world champion, won four of the nine slaloms this season.