Vonn, 28, had a combined time of 2 minutes, 22.20 seconds over two runs on the Pohorje run in Maribor, Slovenia, to beat local favorite and World Cup leader Tina Maze by 0.08 seconds, with Austria’s Anna Fenninger 0.57 second back in third.
Vonn was third after the first run, nearly a half-second behind leader Maze. She then posted the fastest second-run time of 1:09.42, while Maze finished in 1:09.98, to earn her sixth World Cup victory of the season and her first in the giant slalom since March 2012.
“ I skied well the first run, but I didn’t ski the bottom very well,” Vonn said on the U.S. Ski Team’s website. ‘In the second run I just said ’Ok, it’s all or nothing, I have to go for it.’’’
The win moves Vonn, a four-time World Cup champion, within three of Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record of 62 women’s World Cup victories.
Maze increased her lead in the overall World Cup standings to 748 points over German Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who was fourth today, while Vonn jumped over Fenninger into third place.
Paris took the men’s downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, over Canada’s Eric Guay and Austria’s Hannes Reichelt.
Paris’s time of 1:57.66 on the Streif course was 0.13 seconds faster than Guay and 0.36 better than Reichelt. It was Paris’s second downhill win of the season, after tying Reichelt for first place in Bormio, Italy, in December.
“I really didn’t expect it,” Paris said on the World Cup website. “Winning Kitzbuehel is something I wanted to do since I was about six years old.”
The victory also moved Paris to the top of the downhill standings over Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway. Svindal, who won yesterday’s super-G race, finished ninth today.
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who didn’t race the downhill, continues to lead the overall standings by 59 points over Svindal.
The women will race a slalom tomorrow in Maribor, as the men run combined and slalom races in Kitzbuehel.