US Ski Team: Vonn ‘unofficially’ clinches super-combined World Cup title when race canceled

Friday, March 5, 2010

Scrapped super-combined could give Vonn title

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn and the U.S. Ski Team believe she has clinched the World Cup super-combined season title.

The last of this season’s three scheduled super-combined races was canceled Friday because of high wind. The International Ski Federation said it would not be rescheduled because there are no free days available.

Vonn, who won two medals at the Vancouver Olympics, leads the super-combined standings. The U.S. Ski Team issued a statement saying she “unofficially clinched” the title and that the federation “indicated that an official determination” will be made next week.

Vonn wrote on Facebook that it wasn’t the way she wanted to win the title, “but I will take it none the less.”

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — A women’s super-combined race has been canceled because of high wind in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.

The first-leg downhill was repeatedly delayed Friday before organizers called it off.

The International Ski Federation said it would not reschedule the super-combined because there are no more reserve days available.

The downhill will go ahead Saturday, with a super-G on Sunday.

Lindsey Vonn has a chance to pad her 137-point lead over Maria Riesch in the overall World Cup standings.

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