|CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (March 8) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) set a new U.S. record, winning her 10th World Cup downhill Saturday in Switzerland. Vonn won by a huge .61 margin over Austrian Renate Goetchl to extend her overall World Cup lead to 150 points.Further east in Europe, teammate Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won a giant slalom In Kransjska Gora, Slovenia. It's the first American victory sweep since Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) and Vonn (then Kildow) won together on Dec. 20, 2006 when Miller took a super G in Hinterstoder, Austria, and Kildow won the downhill in Val d'Isere, France.|
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"It was awesome. It was a pretty tough day because the light was flat on the top section so I was pretty nervous from the top, but I think I had a solid run from top to bottom," Vonn said. "I'm just really happy I made it to the finish and to win again this season is amazing. It's just been a crazy ride this whole season and I couldn't be happier."
Her 29th top-3 finish of her young career, Vonn's win broke previous records set by childhood idol Picabo Street and former teammate Daron Rahlves who each had nine World Cup downhill wins making her the most successful American World Cup speed racer. In addition, she secured the downhill title in February at Whistler, BC on the 2010 Olympic trail.
"It's incredible. I was just excited to be tied with Picabo and Daron before. Now to have broken the record is incredible," Vonn said. "It's a dream come true and I couldn't have asked for more. I'm extremely honored."
Overall challenger Austria's Nicole Hosp, more of a technical (SL/GS) skier, finished 27th in the downhill. Hosp and Germany's Maria Riesch are chasing Vonn in the overall title chase.
Crans Montana Has Its Challenges
Foggy conditions led to a 15-minute delay of the race before race officials lowered the start to get competition underway. After dropping back in time slightly out of the start, Vonn won each of the three remaining intermediate times to secure her victory.
"It's never easy when you have tough conditions. Anything can happen," Vonn said. "My goal today was to just be solid and have a clean run and I think I did a good job. I'm happy with the way things went."
"Lindsey's really confident right now so she was dominating the downhill again," said Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. "Even on the shorter downhill she schooled everyone. It was an excellent performance for her."
After nailing some tough race sections, Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) finished fourth, narrowly missing the podium by .03 seconds.
"Julia definitely stepped it up from the training runs," Hoedlmoser said. "She didn't have any good finishes in the training but she did a great job today and only missed the podium by a couple of hundredths."
Combined Title in Reach
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues Sunday with a super combined that will mix downhill and one run of slalom. Heading into the final combined race of the season, Vonn and Mancuso are second and third in the combined standings, just 40 and 84 points behind Riesch.
"I think tomorrow I'm just going to try to keep the same attitude I had today and just try to have a solid run," Vonn said. "Hopefully I can get a good time margin so I don't have to risk too much with the slalom because the slalom is always difficult for me. So, my goal is to just have a good run in the downhill and ski solid in the slalom."
Fans can catch the super combined Sunday at 12 p.m. ET on WCSN.com.
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2008 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
Crans-Montana, SUI - March 8, 2008
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:23.57
2. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:24.18
3. Nadia Fanchini, Italy, 1:24.21
4. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:24.24
5. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:24.37
32. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, CA, 1:25.75
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