Lindsey Vonn in Lake Louise, Alberta Erich Spiess/Red Bull Photofiles

A crash just three gates short of the finish in today's World Cup giant slalom at Maribor, Slovenia, left Lindsey Vonn unhurt but frustrated.

Vonn had been in second place behind Austrian Kathrin Zettel but lost time on her second run, finding her way through fading light. She was forced to push hard for the finish but hit a bump and fell.

"I have been fighting really hard. I had a mistake early on," Vonn said. "The light wasn't too good anymore; I gave everything, but it didn't work out in the end. It's a shame as it was that close to the finish."

Lindsey has had a run of crashes in technical events this season, even posting on her blog about a midweek training crash before the Maribor event. "I've been really frustrated with how much I've been crashing in tech events," she said. "All I wanted was to have a good run and make it to the finish. I just hit a rut," she continued. "I couldn't really see anything. I'm just so mad."

Zettel went on to win, with a combined time of 2:36.22 seconds for her first victory of the season and seventh overall — all in giant slalom.

Maria Riesch of Germany took second to finish on the GS podium for the first time in her career and Sweden’s Anja Paerson was third. Vonn retains her lead in the World Cup standings with her friend Riesch in second place.

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