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“When I crossed the finish line I just saw the board far away and couldn’t read (it),” Hoefl-Riesch said. “I just saw the green light and then I came closer and I wanted to be sure that it was really me standing on the top and I couldn’t believe it.”

Vonn complained about course workers painting blue dye on the slope immediately before her run, and also questioned her equipment.

“I’ve gone on the same race skis all season and we decided to go on a different pair today and I think maybe that was the wrong choice,” the American said. “I think my normal race boards are probably a little bit faster. But it’s already passed, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

The season’s final super-combined is scheduled for Sunday, with Vonn in position to clinch another title. She is 55 points in front of Tina Maze of Slovenia and 60 points ahead of Nicole Hosp of Austria.

“Tomorrow is going to be intense,” Vonn said.