Vonn wins season finale but Goggia clinches FIS Alpine Downhill Globe

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Lindsey Vonn during the Race for the World Cup Downhill in Lake Louise on December 01, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull Content Pool

American lands 82nd career win but Italian edges title by just three points.

Lindsey Vonn produced the 82nd World Cup win of her illustrious career in thrilling fashion in Are, Sweden but agonisingly missed out on the downhill title to close friend Sofia Goggia by just three points. Here is all you need to know:

– The American had skied in to the season finale 23 points behind her Italian rival, who initially took the lead with a best time of 55.71 seconds.

Lindsey Vonn during the Race for the World Cup DOWNHILL in Cortina on January 20 –
Photographer Credit:
Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull Content Pool

– Vonn eclipsed that by the narrowest of margins – a mere 0.08 seconds – to cut 20 points off her deficit but not quite enough to wrestle the title away from Goggia.

– After crossing the line and surpassing Goggia in the race following an often ragged run, she grabbed the camera with both hands screaming in celebration even though insufficient to clinch her first World Cup title since winning the downhill in 2016.

– Vonn needs five more FIS World Cup victories to pass legendary male skier Ingemar Stenmark for the most race wins ever.



–  Did you know? Goggia has a pet dog, Belle, which sometimes joins her at World Cup races.

Sofia Goggia during the Race for the World Cup Downhill in Bad Klein Kirchheim on January 14 –
Photographer Credit:
Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull Content Pool

– Did you know? Vonn has battled back from several career-threatening injuries.

Are downhill results

1. Lindsey Vonn USA 55.65 seconds
2. Sofia Goggia ITA 55.71
3. Alice McKennis 55.93
4. Viktoria Rebensburg 55.98
5. Jasmine Flury 56.02

Overall World Cup standings

1. S Goggia ITA 509pts
2. L Vonn USA 506
3. Tina Weirather 394

Sofia Goggia during the Race for the World Cup Downhill in Cortina on January 19 –
Photographer Credit:
Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull Content Pool

 

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