Jan 26, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT
Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn scored her 59th career World Cup victory Saturday, spoiling the homecoming for overall points leader Tina Maze by winning only her third career giant slalom.
Vonn, who’s missed a large chunk of the season with health issues, finished in 2:22.20 to hold off Maze by only 0.08 seconds and Austria’s Anna Fenninger, who finished third, by 0.57 seconds.
“I had not skied a giant slalom for a month,” Vonn told the AP. “I was hoping for a good result but not to win but this course perfectly suits my style.
“The timing for the world championships could not be more perfect. This is a highlight after a tough moment. It also convinced me I could do well in giant slalom and I will race in four events at the worlds.”
Maze was still pretty happy with her second place finish after earning the season championship in the giant slalom. Maze is also 748 points ahead in the overall race, and within shouting distance of both the record for podiums in a season and the 2,000 point mark with 13 races to go.
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