Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. set a women’s World Cup skiing record for points in a season as Austria’s Marcel Hirscher claimed the men’s giant slalom title.
Vonn’s eighth-place finish in today’s slalom at the World Cup Finals in Schladming, Austria, gave her 1,980 points, passing the mark of 1,970 points set by Croatia’s Janica Kostelic in 2006.
The 27-year-old American, focused on breaking the record of 2,000 points set by Austrian Herman Maier, which she can do by finishing 12th or better in tomorrow’s season-ending race giant slalom race, didn’t downplay her accomplishment.
“I am excited, I do care about beating Janica’s record” Vonn, who won the downhill super-G and super combined titles this season, was cited by the World Cup website as saying. “That was the goal; to get a few points and make my job tomorrow a little easier. I’m going to go as hard as I can.”
Hirscher, 23, captured the men’s giant slalom title by leading a top-three finish for Austria today.
Hirscher, had a time of 2 minutes, 25.53 seconds to finish ahead of countrymen Hannes Reichelt and Marcel Mathis. The win clinched not only the discipline’s title but also gave him a 25- point lead in the overall standings over Switzerland’s Beat Feuz with only tomorrow’s slalom left on the season schedule.
Feuz is not competitive in the slalom and said he may not race, virtually assuring Hirscher the overall title.
“In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have imagined a day like today,” Hirscher said in comments on the World Cup website. “Winning the GS Cup, winning today’s race and the overall in front of this crowd. I am so happy and overwhelmed.
Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser won the women’s slalom by 0.12 seconds ahead of Slovakia’s Veronika Zuzulova. Austrian Mariles Schild, who had already won the slalom season championship, was third.
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