Vonn Wins Downhill Title Due to Fog

Maze unable to sweep all disciplines

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World champion skier Tina Maze.     Photo: Viviana Coloma/Flickr

Lindsey Vonn won her sixth straight World Cup downhill title earlier today. But—How? you ask. Vonn suffered a season-ending knee injury five weeks ago and hasn’t raced since. Heading into the final downhill race of the World Cup season in Switzerland, Vonn was just one point ahead of Slovenian Tina Maze in the standings, which meant that Maze only needed to finish in the top 14 to clinch the title.

Except that the race was canceled due to fog, so Maze gets no points and Vonn wins.

Maze has already set the record for overall points in a World Cup season, and, as the leader in all the other disciplines, she appeared set to become the first woman to win every discipline in a single World Cup.

Maze’s season, barring any final-race catastrophes, will go down as arguably the greatest single season in skiing history, even without the downhill title. Still, it's a bit of a bummer that she'll miss out on a little piece of history because of some low-lying clouds.

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