Stuhec wins downhill globe, keeps Shiffrin waiting for overall glory

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Ilka Stuhec became the first Slovenian to claim the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill globe on Wednesday, taking victory in Aspen to delay Mikaela Shiffrin's apparently inevitable triumph in the overall standings.

Stuhec held a 97-point lead over Sofia Goggia in the discipline standings ahead of the final downhill of the season.

And when the Italian failed to beat her rival's time of one minute, 36.95 seconds, Stuhec was able to celebrate - her performance ultimately enough to secure a fourth win in eight outings this season.

Lindsey Vonn finished second on Wednesday, 0.66secs off the pace as Goggia (+1.03secs) took third, but there was a scary moment for the American as she crashed after crossing the finish line.

Vonn lost her balance and slid head first underneath the crash mats in front of the finish-line grandstand, but luckily she was able to walk away.

In the overall standings, Shiffrin is now 278 points clear of Stuhec, the only person who can deny her the title, with three races remaining.

Stuhec will have high hopes for Thursday's super-G, but her chances of overhauling Shiffrin appear remote given the season concludes with slalom and giant slalom races.

Shiffrin has already wrapped up the slalom title for a fourth time and sits second in the giant slalom standings.