Vonn Wins Second Straight World Cup Downhill Race in Canada

Lyndsey Vonn
U.S. Olympian Lindsey Vonn visits the USA House at the Royal College of Art on August 4, 2012 in London. Photographer: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn beat fellow American Stacey Cook to complete a sweep of the women’s World Cup downhill ski races in Canada this weekend.

Vonn, 28, posted a time of 1 minute, 52.90 seconds to win her sixth straight downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta. Vonn, who was hospitalized last month in Colorado for severe intestinal pain, got the 28th World Cup downhill win of her career.

Vonn trailed Cook by about a half second after taking a wide turn midway through her run. She rebounded over the second part of the course to win by 0.52 seconds.

“I almost went into the fence and somehow kept it going,” Vonn said on the U.S. Ski Team’s website. “It was definitely interesting but I didn’t give up. I haven’t won with that big of a mistake before.”

Vonn has 55 World Cup victory to tie Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider for second all-time. Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell holds the record with 62 wins.

Vonn, the four-time overall World Cup champion, won the downhill Nov. 30 and will try to duplicate last year’s three-race sweep in Canada in today’s super-G.

Cook’s best World Cup finish before this weekend was a fourth place in Lake Louise six years ago. Switzerland’s Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden was 0.62 seconds back in third place.

Leads Standings

Vonn leads the season downhill standings with 200 points, 40 more than Cook. Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who finished 10th today, continues to lead the overall standings with 347 points, with Vonn moving up to fourth with 210 points.

Italy’s Matteo Marsaglia won his first World Cup title by taking the men’s super-G on the Birds of Prey slope in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

“I had been close to the podium last year so I knew I could do it, especially in super-G,” Marsaglia, 27, said on the World Cup website. “I have always loved this slope.”

Marsaglia had a time of 1:14.68, 0.27 seconds faster than Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal. Hannes Reichelt of Austria finished

0.70 seconds behind in third.

Svindal leads the overall standings with 360 points, 140 more than American Ted Ligety, heading into tomorrow’s giant slalom. The Norwegian also has a 51-point lead over Marsaglia in the super-G standings.

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