The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS -

Stuhec spoils Vonn’s farewell party at worlds

ARE, SWE­DEN >> The Lind­sey Vonn cir­cus had rolled back into town, and that suited Ilka Stuhec just fine.

All the talk at the world cham­pi­onships on Sun­day was whether Vonn could mark the last race of her ca­reer with a vic­tory in the down­hill. The spot­light, as ever, was al­most to­tally on the Amer­i­can.

Stuhec ended up spoil­ing the party.

With Vonn sit­ting on the leader’s throne and the po­ten­tial of a glo­ri­ous fi­nale in­creas­ing by the minute, Stuhec pro­duced a vir­tu­ally flaw­less run from No. 9 in the field to top her ri­val and be­come the first woman to re­tain the world down­hill ti­tle since Maria Wal­liser in 1989.

Vonn, who fin­ished third, still hogged the lime­light. She was the last skier to leave the fin­ish area af­ter all the cel­e­bra­tions with her fam­ily and friends, the per­son the le­gion of pho­tog­ra­phers wanted to snap, the one Swedish great Inge­mar Sten­mark had trav­eled to watch.

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