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Lindsey Vonn error hands Michelle Gisin combined gold, Mikaela Shiffrin takes silver

Vonn error hands Gisin combined gold, Shiffrin takes silver

22/02/2018 at 00:38Updated 22/02/2018 at 09:18

An error in the slalom from American Lindsey Vonn handed Switzerland's Michelle Gisin gold in the combined event, with favourite Mikaela Shiffrin finishing second.

In what is expected to be Vonn's final Olympic race, the 33-year-old failed to add to the downhill gold she won in Vancouver eight years ago.

Vonn, the most decorated female World Cup skier, took the lead going into the slalom, with Gisin third and Shiffrin sixth after the downhill.

Slalom-specialist Shiffrin then set the time to beat, but Gisin crossed the line 0.97secs ahead of the 22-year-old with a combined time of 2:20.90, while Vonn went on to agonisingly record a DNF.

It ended up being a Swiss 1-3, with Wendy Holdener taking bronze, 1.44secs behind her compatriot.

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In the downhill, Vonn set the pace with a 1:39.37, which placed her 0.74 seconds clear of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel.

Though she was not expected to challenge in the first half, Shiffrin handed herself hope when crossing the line in sixth, 1.98secs behind Vonn, while Gisin was 0.77 secs off the pace.

Shiffrin went on to set the benchmark in the slalom, and when she crossed the line with a time of 2:21.87, the remaining five challengers knew what they had to do.

And it was Gisin who lived up to the challenge, storming almost a second clear, and after Mowinckel skied out of medal contention, Vonn, last up in potentially her final race, failed to deliver in what is ultimately her weakest discipline.

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