Home comforts for Holdener, Vonn misses out on podium
Wendy Holdener emphatically claimed a third FIS World Cup win on home snow in the Lenzerheide alpine combined as Lindsey Vonn missed out on a podium finish.
Holdener had not been victorious in a World Cup race since her Lenzerheide success almost two years ago, but she was back on top of the podium in Switzerland on Friday.
Vonn led by Holdener by 0.71 seconds after a magnificent super-G run, but that was not enough to deny the Swiss slalom specialist.
Holdener unsurprisingly came to the fore in the slalom and was greeted by huge cheers as she crossed the line in 48.63secs for a combined time of 2:01.18.
The 24-year-old, crowned alpine combined world champion in St Moritz last year, was 1.55s quicker than runner-up Marta Bassino over the two runs.
Slovenian Ana Bucik came from nowhere to secure her first World Cup podium finish with an outstanding slalom run.
Vonn finished fourth, but will take heart from a masterful super-G run with the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics fast approaching.
Mikaela Shiffrin opted against racing with giant slalom and slalom events to come this weekend.