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Riesch Extends World Cup Lead Over Vonn With Victory in Sweden

Germany’s Maria Riesch extended her lead over Lindsey Vonn in the overall skiing World Cup standings by winning today’s super-combined race in Are, Sweden.

Riesch finished with a total time of 1 minute, 59.60 seconds in the event, which combines separate runs in the super-G and slalom. Tina Maze of Slovenia was second, 0.4 seconds behind, with Elisabeth Goergl of Austria 0.66 back in third.

Olympic downhill champion Vonn of the U.S., who had led after the first leg, finished in sixth place, 1.16 seconds behind Riesch.

Riesch now leads the World Cup with 1356 points. Vonn, who is trying to win her fourth consecutive overall championship, is 216 points behind in second place.

It was Vonn’s first official race since she pulled out of the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Feb. 14 to recover from a concussion sustained in a training crash at the start of the month. Although the American won a silver medal in the downhill, she had told reporters in Garmisch the injury made it hard for her to focus.

The women’s World Cup continues tomorrow in Are with the downhill, and a super-G on Feb. 27. A victory is worth 100 points in the standings.

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