Skiing: Lindsey Vonn claims the 59th World Cup victory of her career in Maribor
Last Updated: January 26, 2013 3:40pm
Lindsey Vonn: the American had been third after her first run in Slovenia
Lindsey Vonn denied Tina Maze a home victory in the women's World Cup giant slalom in Maribor, Slovenia.
The American clocked a combined time of two minutes 22.20 seconds for her two runs to finish just ahead of the reigning World Cup leader.
Vonn - who saw her start to the season hampered by a stomach complaint - had been in third place after the first run but made up a half second on Maze on the second leg to claim her 59th World Cup win by 00.08secs.
"Four weeks ago everyone thought I was crazy to take the time out," she said. "But I just felt I needed to do that as my body wasn't ready. It is now."
"Still I was a little bit surprised to have won today after such a long break away from skiing a giant slalom. I put in some good training this week but I didn't think it would be enough."
Anna Fenninger of Austria completed the podium by taking third position, 00.57secs off the pace.
Maze will have another chance to triumph in front of her home fans in a slalom race on Sunday. She has 1554 overall World Cup points, a massive 748 ahead of second-placed Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.