Lindsey Vonn of the U.S.A. (center) takes first place, Tina Maze of Slovenia (left) takes second, and Anna Fenninger of Austria takes third, during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on January 26, 2013 in Maribor, Slovenia. / STANKO GRUDEN/AGENCE ZOOM

Lindsey Vonn Wins World Cup Giant Slalom


American skier Lindsey Vonn has missed a significant portion of the season with health issues that included an intestinal illness, but she has come back to the slopes with authority. Vonn captured the World Cup giant slalom race in Slovenia after edging out overall points leader Tina Maze by a fraction of a second — .008 seconds.

Vonn earned first place with a time of 2:22.20. Anna Fenninger took third place in the event.

“I had not skied a giant slalom for a month,” Vonn said, per the AP. “I was hoping for a good result but not to win but this course perfectly suits my style.

“The timing for the world championships could not be more perfect. This is a highlight after a tough moment. It also convinced me I could do well in giant slalom and I will race in four events at the worlds.”

The overall championship is Maze’s to lose, but Vonn will be looking to dominate the world championships in Schladming, Austria next month.

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