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Vonn clinches 12th season win in Schladming

March 14, 2012

Lindsey Vonn of the US lifts up the trophy during the awarding ceremony of the alpine ski women’s World Cup downhill discipline at the World Cup finals in Schladming March 14, 2012. – Reuters picLindsey Vonn of the US lifts up the trophy during the awarding ceremony of the alpine ski women’s World Cup downhill discipline at the World Cup finals in Schladming March 14, 2012. – Reuters picSCHLADMING, March 14 – Overall champion Lindsey Vonn notched her 12th win of the season and remained on course for the highest score recorded in the women’s World Cup when she won the downhill at the finals today.

Vonn’s victory in one minute and 46.56 seconds meant she broke her personal record for wins in a season and took the American to 1,908 points, 62 behind the best of 1,970 set by Croatia’s Janica Kostelic in 2006.

France’s Marion Rolland finished 0.92 seconds behind Vonn for her first World Cup podium. Rolland is best known for crashing after only three seconds in the 2010 Olympic downhill in Whistler, and images of her fall have been shown repeatedly on television and websites.

Slovenia’s Tina Maze, Vonn’s nearest rival this winter, was third in a season in which she has yet to win a race. – Reuters

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