Lindsey Vonn, Christof Innerhofer Win World Cup Downhill Races

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. won the women’s downhill today in Italy, while Italian Christof Innerhofer took the men’s race in Switzerland.

After recently taking three weeks off to recover from fatigue caused by a stomach illness, Vonn won with a time of 1 minute, 38.25 seconds in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Tina Maze, the overall World Cup leader from Slovenia was second, 0.43 seconds back, with American Leanne Smith in third.

Vonn’s seventh career win in Cortina moved her within four of Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell for the most World Cup victories ever by a woman. She also extended her lead in the downhill standings to 129 points over fellow American Stacey Cook, who was 15th today.

“I feel so comfortable here, and I knew it would be a good day,” Vonn, 28, said on the U.S. Ski Team’s website. “I just skied the best I could, executed my plan and it worked out.”

Maze increased her advantage in the overall standings to 670 points over Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who didn’t finish today’s race. Vonn, a four-time overall champion, is in fourth.

Innerhofer won his second downhill race of the season with a time of 2:29.82 on the Lauberhom run in Wengen. He beat out Austrians Klaus Kroell, who finished 0.30 seconds behind, and Hannes Reichelt, who was 0.76 seconds back.

“I pushed as hard as I could for as long as I could,” Innerhofer, also 28, said on the World Cup website. “I skied a run like never before, I can definitely say that.”

The victory moves Innerhofer into second in the downhill standings, 52 points behind Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, who didn’t finish his run today. Svindal remained 98 points behind Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who didn’t race today, in the overall standings. The women continue tomorrow with a super-G in Cortina, while the men race a slalom in Wengen.

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