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Maria Riesch Wins Ski Title Over Lindsey Vonn After Final Race Is Canceled

Germany’s Maria Riesch won the World Cup overall ski title over Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. after the final race of the season was canceled by poor weather conditions.

Riesch held a three-point lead over Vonn entering today’s scheduled giant slalom in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Officials called off the race this morning because of warm overnight temperatures, wet snow and fog.

“There is a crust on top of the snow and nothing underneath,” race director Atle Skaardal said on the World Cup website. “It’s impossible to ski on such a soft crust. The situation is not suitable for a giant slalom race.”

Under World Cup rules, canceled races are not rescheduled. Vonn, 26, was attempting to win her fourth consecutive overall title.

“Win or lose I just wanted the chance,” Vonn, who won the downhill, super-G and super combined titles this season, said on the U.S. ski team’s website. “I feel devastated. But I’m extremely proud to have been in the fight for what was one of the most exciting seasons in ski racing history.”

Riesch, 26, finished with 1,728 points for the season, while Vonn had 1,725. The German took the lead by finishing fourth in yesterday’s slalom, while Vonn was 13th. Today’s race would have been worth 100 points to the winner.

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