Vail’s Vonn captures super-G title |

Vail’s Vonn captures super-G title

Stephan Nasstrom
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado
U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn kisses the overall World Cup Super-G trophy at the alpine World Cup finals in Are, Sweden, Thursday March 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Janerik Henriksson, SCANPIX) ** SWEDEN OUT **

ARE, Sweden ” Lindsey Vonn of Vail won the super-G season finale at the World Cup finals Thursday, becoming the first American woman to win the championship title in the discipline.

Vonn finished the Olympia course in 1 minute, 20.63 seconds. Her win came one day after she clinched the World Cup overall title for the second straight year.

“I was hoping so much that I could win today and get the super-G globe, no American female has ever done that,” Vonn said. “I’m so, so happy. What a week it’s been so far.”

Nadia Fanchini of Italy finished runner-up in 1:20.71 and was second in the final super-G standings.

Vonn, who won the downhill title on the same hill Wednesday, posted the fastest split times all the way down. It was her 22nd World Cup victory, a record for U.S. women, and fourth straight World Cup super-G win.

She also won the event at the World Championships last month at Val d’Isere, France.

“To have f ive back-to-back in the super-G is more than I ever thought was possible,” Vonn said. “It’s incredible. Going into the season I did not start off so strong in super-G, but later in the season I finally picked up a rhythm and I stuck with it. It’s been a crazy season for me. I’m really happy.”

Vonn topped the final super-G standings with 461 points. Franchini had 416.

In the overall standings, Vonn increased her lead to 1,788 points. Germany’s Maria Riesch, who was 0.24 behind in third place, stayed in second place overall with 1,359 points.

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