Skiing: Hoelzl underlines her slalom dominance but Vonn suffers injury

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Germany's Kathrin Hoelzl strengthened her position as No 1 giant slalom specialist with a World Cup win in Lienz yesterday, while overall leader Lindsey Vonn failed to finish after crashing and hurting her arm.

Hoelzl, winner of her first World Cup race in Aspen earlier this month and the discipline's world champion, secured victory in a combined time of 2min 16.61sec. The race was marred by Vonn's crash in the morning run.

The American, winner of the overall World Cup for the past two seasons, lost her balance halfway down the Schlossberg piste and fell awkwardly on her hip. Doctors confirmed that she did not suffer a serious break but some microfractures in the forearm. Vonn will now undergo a fitness test to see whether she can compete with a splint.

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