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Alpine Skiing: Fenninger assured of women's ski title

Austria's Anna Fenninger took the women's Alpine skiing overall World Cup title on Thursday, seizing on the cruel injury suffered by rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch. Fenninger, 24, came second in the super-G at Lenzerheide, which was won by Switzerland's Lara Gut, but with just a slalom and giant slalom to go, the Austrian cannot now be caught. Hoefl-Riesch, 29, fell badly in Wednesday's downhill hurting her arm, shoulder and leg. The German said she "cried all night" afterwards and is now thinking about retiring.

Alpine Skiing: Pinturault gets first World Cup super G victory

Alexis Pinturault of France claimed his first World Cup super G victory in the final race of the season Thursday at Lenzerheide. Pinturault came in ahead of compatriot Thomas Mermillod-Blondin by 0.56sec. Mermillod-Blondin beat American Bode Miller, the Olympic bronze medalist, by one hundredth of a second.

Alpine Skiing: Pinturault gets first World Cup victory

Alexis Pinturault of France claimed his first World Cup victory in the final super G of the season Thursday at Lenzerheide. Pinturault came in ahead of compatriot Thomas Mermillod-Blondin by 0.56sec. Mermillod-Blondin beat American Bode Miller, the Olympic bronze medalist, by one hundredth of a second. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who has already secured his fifth Super G title, managed only 16th place and lost precious points in the race for the overall Alpine ski title. stp/tw/

Crash ends Hoefl-Riesch's World Cup hopes

By Manuele Lang LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch crashed heavily and was taken to hospital at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide on Wednesday, ending her chances of winning the overall title. Hoefl-Riesch, the overall champion in 2011, was sent to hospital in nearby Chur with a suspected shoulder injury after crashing in the downhill which was won by Swiss Lara Gut. The German's team later announced that she would not take part in the final races of the season.

Alpine Skiing: Hoefl-Riesch injured, but takes downhill crown

Maria Hoefl-Riesch clinched the women's alpine skiing downhill World Cup at Lenzerheide on Wednesday, but her hopes of taking the overall crown were shattered by a bad fall. The German came to grief halfway down the course and was taken to hospital for a checkup on injuries to her arm and shoulder. It was later announced that those injuries would prevent her from competing in the three final world cup events in Lenzerheide, the slalom, giant slalom and super-G.

Alpine Skiing: Hofl-Riesch injured, but takes downhill crown

Maria Hofl-Riesch clinched the women's alpine skiing downhill World Cup at Lenzerheide on Wednesday, but her hopes of taking the overall crown were all but shattered by a bad fall. The German came to grief halfway down the course and was taken to hospital for a checkup on injuries to her arm and shoulder. But the only rival who could pip her to the downhill World Cup, Austria's Anna Fenninger, could only place sixth when she needed to win the race to take the title.

Alpine Skiing: Women's World Cup downhill results

Women's World Cup alpine skiing downhill results on Wednesday: 1. Lara Gut (SUI) 1:32.31 2. Elisabeth Goergl (AUT) 1:32.36 3. Fraenzi Aufdenblatten (SUI) 1:32.88 4. Fabienne Suter (SUI) 1:33.15 5. Andrea Fischbacher (AUT) 1:33.27 6. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 1:33.38 7. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) 1:33.41 8. Daniela Merighetti (ITA) 1:33.58 9. Dominique Gisin (SUI) 1:33.60 10. Julia Mancuso (USA) 1:33.65 11. Kajsa Kling (SWE) 1:34.47 12. Regina Mader (AUT) 1:34.66 13. Nicole Hosp (AUT) 1:34.68

Alpine Skiing: Hofl-Riesch injured, but takes downhill crown

Maria Hofl-Riesch clinched the women's alpine skiing downhill World Cup at Lenzerheide on Wednesday, but her hopes of taking the overall crown were all but shattered by a bad fall. The German came to grief halfway down the course and was taken to hospital for a checkup on injuries to her back and shoulder. But the only rival who could pip her to the downhill World Cup, Austria's Anna Fenninger, could only place sixth when she needed to win the race to take the title.

Alpine Skiing: Hofl-Riesch takes downhill crown

Maria Hofl-Riesch clinched the women's alpine skiing downhill World Cup at Lenzerheide on Wednesday, but her hopes of taking the overall crown were all but shattered by a bad fall. The German came to grief halfway down the course and was taken to hospital for a checkup on injuries to her back and shoulder. But the only rival who could pip her to the downhill World Cup, Austria's Anna Fenninger, could only place sixth when she needed to win the race to take the title.

Alpine Skiing: Mayer claims first World Cup win

Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria won his first World Cup downhill race at Lenzerheide on Wednesday. An upset winner in Sochi last month, 23-year-old Mayer claimed his new landmark triumph in the final World Cup downhill of the season. He took top spot ahead of Italy's Christof Innerhofer and Ted Ligety of the United States, who were tied at 00.11seconds off the pace.
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