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Skiing - 18. January 2009.

Vonn 3rd in Zauchensee Downhill

"It was a good day today. The conditions were pretty fast and there were changing conditions," said Vonn, who switched from her familiar white and pink Spyder racing suit of the past month to a stunning black with gold lettering version for the race.. "It was pretty funny for the first couple girls when it got overcast, but considering everything I am really happy."


Anja Paerson of Sweden and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland tied to win the event and Leanne Smith and Julia both landed in the points, finishing 22nd and 24th, respectively.

Vonn, who took over the lead in the World Cup standings with her podium finish Sunday, said she may have held back just a bit on the race.

"I know that I was a little bit conservative going over the first jump. Because of what happened yesterday I didn't trust myself enough," Vonn said. "Considering everything, I was only one tenth out, so that's not so bad. It was a good day all in all."

"There were a couple little tiny mistakes, but I think after yesterday's mistake off the jump she wanted to make sure she nailed it," U.S. Women's Alpine Head Coach Jim Tracy said. "She skied really well but maybe ever so slightly conservatively. Nevertheless, really good skiing"

According to Vonn, while it is exciting to have the World Cup overall lead back, she's prepared to have to fight for it for the rest of the season.

"It feels really good. Obviously there's still a lot of season left to go, but at this point it's nice to be in front again," Vonn said. "But, I know that Maria [Riesch] and Anja are right on my heels. I have to keep executing every day and hopefully I can maintain the lead and in the next speed races hopefully I can make a little bit of a gap."

In order to hold the lead, Vonn hopes to capitalize on the races coming up in Cortina, where she was on her first World Cup podium in 2004. The weekend of races will include a super G, two downhills and a giant slalom.

"It's a full program and I am going to try to rest up as much as I can for the weekend of races," Vonn said. "It's going to be a lot of time management and making sure that I'm resting well during the week because next week is going to have to do with who is in the best shape. It's pretty daunting to have four races in a row."

According to Tracy, the competition in Cortina will require the full focus of the Team.

"Going in to Cortina it's full focus. It's going to be a big week and the weather now is not supposed to be very good so it's going to be a test of nerves and focus by everybody," Tracy said. "Everyone has been skiing well. The younger ones skied well in parts today. Now it's recovery and making sure we are ready to go."

Cortina kicks off with a super G Jan. 22.

Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria - Jan. 18, 2009

1. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:47.52
1. Dominique Gisin, Switzerland, 1:47.52
3. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:47.69
4. Marie Marchand-Arvier, France, 1:47.92
5. Emily Brydon, Canada, 1:48.23
22. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:49.19
24. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:49.28
31. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:49.50
36. Kaylin Richardson, Edina, MN, 1:49.90
40. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, CA, 1:50.09
44. Keeley Kelleher, Big Sky, MT, 1:50.27
53. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, CO, 1:52.40
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