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Women skiers miss top ten in opening race

Lindsey Vonn has won the season-opening World Cup giant slalom race in the Austrian resort of Sölden.

This content was published on October 22, 2011 - 15:50
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Dominique Gisin was the highest-place Swiss in 11th, followed by Lara Gut in 15th and Fabienne Suter in 20th.

The American three-time overall champion was fourth after the opening run on the Rettenbach course, but used a blistering finish to close out her second run and take it with a combined time of 2 minutes, 24.43 seconds.

She thus became the fifth female skier to win a race in all five Alpine disciplines. The discipline sweep feat has previously been achieved by Austria's Petra Kronberger, Sweden's Pernilla Wiberg, Croatia's Janica Kostelic and Sweden's Anja Pärson.

Vonn also matched Pärson's career tally with her 42nd World Cup victory. Only Austria's Annemarie Moser-Pröll (62), Switzerland's Vreni Schneider (55) and Austria's Renate Götschl (46) have won more races.

In the first of nine giant slaloms this season, Vonn edged second-place Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.04 seconds, while Austria's Elisabeth Görgl was 0.40 behind in third.

The season-opening World Cup weekend will conclude with a men's giant slalom on Sunday.

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