Kristina Koznick's first World Cup victory of the season provided the incentive to continue. Bode Miller's sixth-place finish cost him the giant slalom overall title.
Koznick used a sizzling second run in Hafjell, Norway, to win the final slalom of the season yesterday, her sixth career World Cup victory and first since winning at Berchtesgaden, Germany, last season.
The 27-year-old from Burnsville, Minn., had a two-run time of 1 minute 45.67 seconds on the Olympia course, site of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.
"It's really unexpected," Koznick said. "I had a terrible season. . . . I broke my finger and had two different surgeries."
Miller, 17th after the first run, tied for sixth in the final giant slalom of the season and finished second to Switzerland's Michael von Gruenigen in the discipline's standings.
Miller trailed von Gruenigen by 97 points and needed a victory to have any chance of winning the title. He finished tied with Finland's Kalle Palander, 0.90 behind winner Hans Knauss of Austria.
Koznick, who won her first World Cup slalom in 1998, finished in the points in five of the previous eight slalom races this season. Her best finish was a sixth at Maribor, Slovenia, in late January.
* SKI JUMPING: Poland's Adam Malysz won his fifth World Cup event of the year, setting a large hill record.
The two-time defending World Cup champion jumped 132 meters and amassed 289.6 points in Lahti, Finland. Finland's Matti Hautamaki set a hill record with a jump of 131 meters minutes before Malysz jumped. Hautamaki finished with 281.5 points. Malysz leads the overall standings with 1,227 points, 122 more than second-place Sven Hannawald of Germany, who finished 10th.
* SPEEDSKATING: In Berlin, Anni Friesinger won the 3,000-meter race at the world single distance championships for her second gold medal of the meet.
Germany has won the 3,000-meter event every year since the championships were first held in 1996. Friesinger won in 4:06.07, while countrywoman and Olympic champion Claudia Pechstein was second in 4:07.99.
The 26-year-old Friesinger won the 1,500 Friday and will race in the 1,000 today.
"I'll go at it one more time -- then I'm going to party," Friesinger said.
Dutchman Erben Wennemars won the 1,500 in a track record 1:47.80. Joey Cheek of the United States won bronze in 1:48.56.
Germany's Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt won the 500.
* BIATHLON: Four-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjorndalen won the 10-kilometer sprint race at the world championships in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
France's Silvie Bacaert dominated the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint for her first world title.
Bjorndalen finished in 25:41.5, 50.7 seconds ahead of Germany's Ricco Gross. Zdenek Vitek of the Czech Republic was third, 52.9 seconds back with one missed target.
Bjorndalen won the World Cup title in the sprint with 328 points, finishing ahead of countryman Frode Andresen, who was sixth yesterday and finished with 252 points.
Bjorndalen had 656 points in the overall World Cup standings, 66 points ahead of Vladimir Dratchev of Belarus with three races remaining.