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Vonn retains downhill title without racing


March 13. 2013 5:08PM
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LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn had the weather on her side this time when it came down to deciding a World Cup title.


Fog canceled racing on Wednesday, giving the injured Vonn a record sixth straight World Cup downhill title without having to show up on the mountain. The title comes five weeks after a crash and season-ended knee injury for the American.


The cancellation allowed Vonn to retain her title — just one point ahead of overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia.


“Omg I won the World Cup Downhill title!!!!! 6 in a row with a bum knee!” Vonn wrote on her Facebook page.


Two years ago, Vonn was denied a chance at a fourth straight overall title by similar weather conditions in Lenzerheide. The season-ending giant slalom was canceled and Vonn lost by three points to her good friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.


“Everything in life comes back around,” wrote Vonn, whose title streak is a downhill record in 47 seasons of men’s and women’s World Cup racing.


Maze was trying to become the first woman to win five crystal globes in a season — the overall and four discipline titles — but conceded defeat in a Twitter post to Vonn.




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