Marion Rolland Wins Women’s Downhill at World Ski Championships

Marion Rolland Wins Women’s Downhill at World Ski Championships
Marion Rolland of France wins the gold medal during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Women's Downhill in Schladming, Austria. Photographer: Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom via Getty Images

Marion Rolland of France clinched a surprise win in the women’s downhill event at the World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, today.

Rolland, 30, finished the 3-kilometer (1.9-mile) course in 1 minute 50.00 seconds. Nadia Fanchini of Italy was second, 0.16 second back, and Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch was third, 0.7 second behind the winner.

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S., the Olympic champion, missed the race after sustaining season-ending injuries in a super-G crash last week.

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