- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

OBERHOFEN, SWITZERLAND (AP) - Two-time World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States topped the circuit’s prize money list, earning $395,000 for winning a season-best nine victories out of 34 races.

Maria Riesch of Germany was next with $314,000, the International Ski Federation said Monday.

World Cup slalom champion Jean-Baptiste Grange of France was the third-highest earner, and the best of the men, with $234,000.

Bode Miller of the United States was 15th, earning $84,000. He finished second in three races before ending his season early.

Benjamin Raich of Austria, who won four of 36 races, was the second-highest men’s earner with $201,000. Overall World Cup winner Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was next with $197,000.

Elite skiers add to their earnings from endorsements and sponsors’ fees and bonuses.

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