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Overall champion Lindsey Vonn wins final WCup downhill for 12th victory of season
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) ' Lindsey Vonn ended the World Cup downhill season in style by dominating the final race on Wednesday.
The American overall champion, who had already won the downhill title, timed 1 minute, 46.56 seconds on the Streicher course to beat Marion Rolland of France by 0.92 seconds. Tina Maze of Slovenia was third.
Vonn won her 12th race this season. Only Vreni Schneider of Switzerland won more races in one year ' 14 in 1988-89.
"This definitely is my best season ever. It went well in all disciplines," Vonn said. "Twelve wins in one season, I can't believe it's true."
Vonn earned her 17th podium finish this season, which leaves her one short of the record shared by Liechtenstein's Hanni Wenzel in 1980 and Sweden's Pernilla Wiberg in 1997.
With a super-G and a GS race left, Vonn is also within reach of the 2,000-point record for one single season held by Austria's Hermann Maier.
"That's going to be another fight," said Vonn, who has 1,908 points. "I will try to get to these 2,000 points. It won't be easy on this (soft) snow. Hermann was a genius when he achieved it back in 2000."
Vonn put in a trademark downhill performance and charged throughout the race. Her advantage over then leader Rolland grew at every intermediate time.
American Julia Mancuso, who was second in the training run Tuesday, was fast again at the upper part but lost pace near the finish to take sixth. Alice McKennis was the third American in the top seven.
The race occurred in sunny conditions after mild temperatures and rain over the last couple of days had softened the snow on the course, which will be used for next year's world championships.
World champion Elisabeth Goergl started fast and led Rolland at the first section but lost time as she skied off course and finished 1.92 off the lead in eighth.
Last year's overall champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch never looked comfortable during her run and struggled to keep the race line. The German was 2.55 back in 13th.