Rebensburg wins giant slalom race and title

Rebensburg wins


A faulty pole ended Lindsey Vonn's hopes of sealing a brilliant season with the best World Cup score in Alpine skiing history on Sunday.

The American World Cup champion lost the pole at the start of the second leg of the giant slalom at the World Cup finals in Schladming and was forced to complete the run without it.

She did her best but finished exactly four seconds behind Germany's Rebensburg, who won in a combined time of two minutes and 27.24 seconds to retain her giant slalom World Cup crystal globe.

Vonn still claimed a women's record of 1,980 points and four crystal globes - the overall, the downhill, the Super-G and the super-combined.

She had needed to finish 12th to beat the 2,000 points mark scored by Austria's Hermann Maier in 2000.

Rebensburg beat Vonn by 195 points in the giant slalom World Cup and confirmed, after winning the final Super-G on Thursday, that she could be a threat next season.

Austria's Anna Fenninger was second in the race, 0.64 behind and Italy's Federica Brignone third, 1:24 adrift.