Vonn places 27th in Switzerland
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.