Vonn wins season finale but Goggia takes downhill title

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Lindsey Vonn won the final downhill of the season at Are, Sweden.

The American clinched her 82nd career World Cup win, leaving her four behind Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record.

But Olympic champion Sofia Goggia’s second place saw her just hold on for her first World Cup discipline title.

Fast and furious

An elite field of 26 took on a short and quick short course.

2010 Olympic Giant Slalom champion Viktoria Rebensburg set the early target.

But Goggia, starting ninth, went over a quarter of a second quicker to take the lead with 55.71.

Wearing bib 13, Vonn was faster on the top section than her Italian rival.

And the 33-year-old stayed ahead, winning by just six-hundredths of a second.

For Vonn to take the World Cup downhill crown, she needed someone to overtake Goggia.

Fellow American Alice McKennis did her best as she took third.

That was McKennis’ first World Cup podium since her St Anton downhill victory in January 2013.

But Goggia’s second place meant she claimed the title from Vonn by just three points.

The skiers will take part in the final Super-G of the season on Thursday.

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Author: Stephen Hannon
Stephen Hannon is the Head of News at Olympic Channel, the digital platform launched by the IOC.