The Swede had previously finished second behind Switzerland’s Fanny Smith in both of the weekend’s trials but will head into Christmas as a World Cup winner.
Näeslund narrowly missed out on a medal in Pyeongchang, finishing fourth but took the lead from the very beginning of the race and never relinquished her position as she let out a victory roar on the finish line.
Sanna Luedi crashes out in Ski Cross
The 2017 world champion finished ahead of Canada’s Marielle Thompson and Sanna Luedi of Switzerland. Smith could only manage a fifth-place finish.
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