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Lindsey Vonn wins World Cup super-combi for 10th career title

Lindsey Vonn wins World Cup super-combi for 10th career title

Lindsey Vonn won a women's World Cup super-combi event Saturday for her third victory of the season and 10th overall.
Vonn led after the downhill leg and finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 20.28 seconds.
Maria Riesch took second, 0.63 seconds behind Vonn, and Julia Mancuso was third, another 0.02 seconds behind.
Vonn and Mancuso also finished first and third in Friday's downhill.
Only 17 skiers completed both disciplines _ super-combi specialists like Anja Paerson, Nicole Hosp and defending World Cup champion Marlies Schield did not finish.
"With so many good racers out, I didn't have to take too many risks on my slalom run. I decided to make it a smart race," said Vonn, who was known as Lindsey Kildow until she married fellow Olympian Thomas Vonn on Sept. 29.
Vonn missed Friday afternoon's slalom training as she had to attend a news conference and be available for interviews after winning the downhill race.
"That annoyed me of course, but Stacey Cook told me about the course and that it was well prepared, so finally it meant no disadvantage to me," said Vonn, who won her first super-combi after seven downhills and two super-Gs.
Vonn overtook Hosp at the top of the overall standings and could become the first American winner of the women's overall World Cup title since Tamara McKinney in 1983.
"Sure, I remember Tamara well, she was a big star a long time ago. But it doesn't really matter to me right now as it is much too early in the season," Vonn said. "We've just had three weeks of downhill skiing and I am sure that Nicole Hosp will gain many points in the upcoming technical disciplines. So it's better for me to not think about that now."
Riesch also admitted that she went for a safe slalom race rather than risking too much.
"My downhill race wasn't great, and with so many others already out I just wanted to finish my slalom run," Riesch said.
Mancuso said she struggled with her equipment during the start of the season, but was happy to get two podium finishes in two days.
"We did a lot of testing with the new material and now I finally have skis that suit me perfectly," Mancuso said.
Schild and Hosp fully attacked in their slalom runs but both Austrians lost control on the icy course and missed a gate.
In the downhill leg, Paerson misjudged a curve and missed the next gate halfway down the course. Paerson led the overall standings ahead of Friday's downhill, which she also didn't finish.
"I gave everything but my knee was painful yesterday so I felt a bit anxious going into today's race," Paerson said.
Vonn had a clear lead after the downhill leg, leading Mancuso and Hosp by 1.48 seconds.
"My race was better than yesterday's as I had far less errors," Vonn said, who skied flawlessly in the first part of the race, where she made several mistakes on Friday.
Vonn almost missed a gate after a long jump threw her off course but she quickly found her line.
The bumpy lower part of the course caused troubles for many, and Daniela Merighetti, Elisabeth Goergl and Simone Streng had full-speed crashes but avoided serious injuries.
The event in St. Anton am Arlberg was the first of only three super-combi races this season. The other two are at Whistler Moutain, Canada, on Feb. 23, and Crans Montana, Switzerland, on March 9.


Updated : 2021-05-14 19:18 GMT+08:00