Vonn places 27th in Switzer­land

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Tina Maze of Slove­nia won her third straight World Cup gi­ant slalom to ex­tend her lead in the over­all stand­ings, and de­fend­ing cham­pion Lind­sey Vonn placed 27th af­ter al­most crash­ing out in St. Moritz, Switzer­land.

Vonn hit trou­ble mid­way down her sec­ond run af­ter her skis ap­peared to touch. The Amer­i­can racer came out of rough, cours­eside snow to com­plete the race nearly six sec­onds slower than Maze and score four World Cup points.

“That’s why I kept fight­ing to the end,” said Vonn, who lost the over­all ti­tle by just three points to Maria Hoefl-Riesch in 2011.

■ De­fend­ing World Cup cham­pion Mar­cel Hirscher of Aus­tria pro­tected his first-run lead to com­fort­ably win a gi­ant slalom race in Val d’isere, France. Hirscher, who was third in Satur­day’s slalom, se­cured his first win of the sea­son, He fin­ished 1.16 sec­onds ahead of Ger­many’s Ste­fan Luitz, with Amer­i­can Ted Ligety climb­ing up from sixth to fin­ish 1.42 be­hind in third place.

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