Sweden wins team event at ski World Cup Final

Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, pictured on February 18, 2017, opened with a run of 19.90 seconds to beat Lena Duerr by .12 of a second in the first finals race

Victories by Frida Hansdotter, Emelie Wikstroem and Mattias Hargin powered Sweden over Germany 3-1 in Friday's final of the men's and women's team event at the Alpine Ski World Cup Final.

On what is a rest day for many of the world's top skiers before the last slalom and giant slalom races of the season this weekend, teams from eight nations met in a knockout format along a short 22-gate layout in Rocky Mountain snow.

Sweden eliminated Austria 3-1 in the quarter-finals and edged France by .40 of a second in a total time tie-breaker after they split four races in their semi-final matchup.

The Germans advanced past Switzerland by .03 on tie-breaker in their opening-round matchup, then defeated Italy 3-1 in the semi-finals to book a date with Sweden in the final.

Hansdotter, last season's women's slalom World Cup champion, opened with a run of 19.90 seconds to beat Lena Duerr by .12 of a second in the first finals race and Hargin downed Stefan Luitz in race two, finishing in 18.97 while the German failed to complete the course.

Wikstroem clinched the crown for Sweden in the third race by winning in 19.93, downing Marina Wallner by .56.

Germany avoided being swept when Linus Strasser won the last race when Sweden's Andre Myhrer failed to finish.

France swept Italy 4-0 in the third-place race.