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              United States  United States's Lindsey Vonn celebrates at finish line after winning a women's Alpine Ski World cup giant slalom competition in Are, Sweden, Friday, March 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)   

Lindsey Vonn wins giant slalom, clinches World Cup title

In a quiet World Cup skiing season without a world championships or an Olympics and largely ignored by a U.S. sports audience , American Lindsey Vonn has continued her march up the ladder of the all-time mountain legends.

Vonn, 27, who triumphed famously in the Vancouver Olympics by winning the downhill with a painful shin injury, won a World Cup giant slalom race Friday in Are, Sweden, to clinch her fourth overall title with an insurmountable 554-point lead with five races left in the season.

“I’m really excited,” Vonn said in a teleconference with U.S. reporters after the awards ceremony in Are. “It’s been an incredible season.”

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