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Vonn Wins WC Downhill Ski Race


American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn has won a women's World Cup downhill race in St. Anton, Austria, her second win in the discipline this season.

Vonn skied a bit off line early in her trip down the course, but she still managed to win. Her time on Friday (1:32.00) was 0.36 seconds faster than second-placed Kelly Vanderbeek of Canada.

Another American, Julia Mancuso, was third, only 0.02 seconds behind Vanderbeek. Vonn also won the season opening downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, and leads the downhill discipline standings with 330 points.

Overall World Cup leader Nicole Hosp of Austria was sixth. Hosp leads Sweden's Anja Paerson and Austrian Marlies Schild by 36 points in the overall standings. Vonn moves into fourth place overall with 374 points. Defending World Cup champion Renate Goetschl of Austria lost time when she lost control of a ski after a jump and finished 13th. Geotschl is eighth overall.

The skiers will be back on the slopes for a Super-combined event Saturday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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