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Lindsey Vonn wins season-opening GS, becomes 5th female skier to win in all 5 disciplines
SOELDEN, Austria (AP) ' Lindsey Vonn won the season-opening World Cup giant slalom Saturday to become the fifth female skier to win a race in all five disciplines.
The American three-time overall champion, who was fourth after the opening run, used a blistering finish to her second run to win in a combined time of 2 minutes, 24.43 seconds.
"I can't believe this. This is a big dream coming true," Vonn said. "My coaches told me before the second run to have confidence and to ski as fast I can."
Vonn edged second-place Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.04. Austria's Elisabeth Goergl was 0.40 behind in third.
The discipline sweep feat has been achieved by Austria's Petra Kronberger, Sweden's Pernilla Wiberg, Croatia's Janica Kostelic and Sweden's Anja Paerson.
"A win in GS has always been so far out of reach for me," Vonn said. "Last season, after finishing third in Spindleruv Mlyn, I knew that maybe one day I could win. But I definitely did not plan to do it here."
Vonn also matched Paerson's career tally with her 42nd World Cup victory. Only Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell (62), Switzerland's Vreni Schneider (55) and Austria's Renate Goetschl (46) have won more races.