Poor finish to best WC seasons for Vonn, Hirscher

By Eric Willemsen

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 18 2012 11:30 a.m. MDT

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, left, and Austria's Marcel Hirscher pose with their alpine ski, World Cup overall trophies, in Schladming, Austria, Sunday, March 18, 2012.

Alessandro Trovati, Associated Press

SCHLADMING, Austria — Lindsey Vonn and Marcel Hirscher have ended their best-ever World Cup seasons, though neither of the overall champions finished on a high note.

Vonn lost her right pole before finishing 24th in the last women's giant slalom and failed to set a record for the most World Cup points scored in one season. The American will have to let Hermann Maier's 12-year-old mark of 2,000 points stand for at least another year.

Hirscher straddled a gate in the final men's slalom and missed out on the discipline title, one day after the Austrian gave a ski-mad nation what it had been longing for since 2006 — the overall title.

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