Vonn wins first World Cup giant slalom

Four days after her 27th birthday, the first race of this World Cup season had given Lindsey Vonn the first giant slalom victory of her World Cup career on Saturday. It also made her the first U.S. woman — and just fifth overall — to win in all five of alpine skiing's disciplines and first U.S. woman to win a World Cup giant slalom in 20 years.

In 50 previous World Cup giant slaloms, Vonn had abject failure more than half the time, with 29 races in which she either failed to finish one of the two runs or failed to qualify for the second run. Only once before had she made a giant slalom podium.

But that third place came in the final GS of last season, so now Vonn has a two-race podium streak.

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