- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

ARE, SWEDEN (AP) - France’s Sandrine Aubert won the final women’s World Cup slalom of the season on Friday, edging runner-up Fanny Chmelar of Germany by 0.6 seconds.

Aubert had a two-run total of 1 minute, 49.23 seconds on the Gastrappet course.

It was Aubert’s second consecutive slalom win. Last week, she won her first career slalom in Germany.

Therese Borssen of Sweden and first-run leader Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic shared third, 0.23 behind.

Maria Riesch of Germany, who has already clinched the overall World Cup slalom title, was 0.37 behind in fifth place.

American Lindsey Vonn’s win streak at Are finally ended when she finished 18th and out of the points. She won the downhill Wednesday and super-G on Thursday.

Vonn has already clinched her second overall title, a U.S. women’s record. She leads Reisch 1,788 points to 1,404 going into Saturday’s giant slalom, the final race of the season.

Reisch topped the final slalom standings with 670 points. Zahrobska moved to second with 459 and Vonn dropped to third with 440.

Riesch, the world champion, won four of the nine slaloms this season.

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