BEAVER CREEK - Austria's Anna Fenninger silenced the American crowd who had come hoping their star Lindsey Vonn would give them a winning start to the ski world championships on Tuesday as she added the super-G world title to her Olympic crown. Fenninger, who took full advantage of an injured Vonn to win the World Cup Overall title last season, charged down the Raptors course in 1min 10.29 sec topping an earlier run by defending champion Tina Maze, who clocked 1:10.32.

"I have dreamed about this," Fenninger said. "Now it has come true it is amazing. It is so big." Vonn, who is in the midst of a remarkable comeback after two knee operations and leads the World Cup super-G standings, finished third in 1:10.44. Blowing snow and windy conditions forced organizers to push back the start time for the race.

They also moved the starting gate lower down the mountain which is located in the Colorado ski resort of Beaver Creek. Vonn, who last month broke the record for most career World Cup wins and now has 64 to her name, set the tone early on with a blistering run from the 18th starting position but her joy was short-lived as Maze then produced an even better performance to take the lead. Fenninger eventually topped them both with an almost perfect run.

Vonn, whose boyfriend golf legend Tiger Woods had a tooth knocked out when he watched her break the World Cup victories landmark, at least will take happier memories away from this super-G than the one at the world championships two years ago where she suffered serious injuries in a crash.

Woods was also on hand to watch her race on Tuesday. Vonn said the strong winds made the run difficult. "I just did my best. Most of the time it is enough for the win but today it wasn't," Vonn said. "I am happy with a medal after being injured the last two years. "I had a really strong headwind at the start. I knew when I saw Tina's run that there was the potential for me to not even get a medal."

Fenninger finished 11th in Monday's training run which was also delayed several hours because of bad weather. She beat out German ski racer Maria Hoefl-Riesch to claim the gold medal one year ago at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Fenninger felt she was ready for a breakthrough in super-G after coming close several times this season. "I knew I could win because I had six second place finishes on the World Cup so far. The last thing I needed was a bit of luck and I had it today," she said. Maze, who leads the World Cup Overall standings this season, was looking to win her second straight World Championship super-G after taking gold in 2013. "I have a lot of respect for this course and this was the first day I put down the run I wanted," Maze said. "The wind was pretty bad. You don't see much of the floor when it is this windy."