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Riesch becomes Alpine Ski champion

Germany's Maria Riesch has won the overall title at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup defeating three-time defending champion Lindsey Vonn after the final race was cancelled due to poor weather.

Riesch did not win any individual globes but her consistent performance at the five-month long event left her with a three-point lead over the American ahead of the final race - the giant slalom.

However, organisers of the international alpine skiing competition called off both the men's and women's giant slalom race at the Swiss resort of Lenzerheide because of poor weather and snow conditions - making Riesch the World Cup champion.

Vonn still picked up individual titles for the downhill, combined and super-G events.

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic won the men's competition with a 400-point lead in the overall standings.


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