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Vonn wins downhill

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates her first place finish during women's World Cup downhill skiing at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
AP | The Canadian Press

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Lindsey Vonn of the United States won a World Cup downhill Saturday, withstanding temperatures that plunged to 18 below zero.Vonn, formerly Lindsey Kildow, was followed by Austria’s Renate Goetschl and Canada’s Britt Janyk in a race on the men’s Olympic downhill course.

This was the fourth career downhill victory at Lake Louise for Vonn, who was timed in 1 minute, 48.69 seconds. She married U.S. skier Thomas Vonn in September. Goetschl finished in 1:49.77 and Janyk was timed at 1:49.96 in her first top-three result on the World Cup circuit.

“I’m speechless,” said Janyk, who received a phone call in the finish area from her brother Mike, who was competing in World Cup races in Beaver Creek, Colo. “I’ve been waiting to get up on the podium so long. It feels really amazing.”- The Associated Press

The Canadian women were hoping to match last week’s result when compatriot Jan Hudec won the opening men’s downhill race in Lake Louise.


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