American Alpine skiers notch top season-ending finishes

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— No competition, no problem for Lindsey Vonn.

The Vail skier won her record 17th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup globe after fog canceled the final men’s and women’s downhills Wednesday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

It was Vonn’s sixth consecutive downhill title.

Prior to injuring her knee in a super-G event at the World Championships, Vonn had won three of the seven downhill races this season.

“It is always an honor to win a title, even if I wish I had done it by competing alongside my teammates over the past month,” Vonn said in a U.S. Ski Team news release.

Teammate Julia Mancuso finished second in the women’s World Cup super-G standings after high winds canceled Thursday’s season-ending event in Switzerland. Mancuso had a chance for an overall title but finished just behind Slovenia’s Tina Maze. Mancuso had four podiums this season. Vonn, thanks in part to two wins, was fourth overall.

Ted Ligety capped the best year of his career Thursday with a seventh-place overall finish in the super-G. Ligety already had wrapped up the overall giant slalom title and had an unprecedented World Championship where he won the giant slalom, super-G and combined events.

Vail’s wonder girl Mikaela Shiffrin on Friday won the Longines Rising Star award for the top young female ski racer of 2013.

Shiffrin will compete Saturday in the final slalom of the season with a chance to take the overall title. She sits seven points behind Slovenia’s Maze ahead of Saturday's winner-take-all race.

This season, Shiffrin won the World Championship in slalom and captured three World Cup wins.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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