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Vail's Vonn crushes Cortina course for 40th career downhill win, 79th overall

Vail's Vonn crushes Cortina course for 40th career downhill win, 79th overall Vail's Vonn crushes Cortina course for 40th career downhill win, 79th overall
Melinda Barton | 21 January, 2018, 03:53

She has now won back-to-back downhills this season.

Goggia's time was 0.47 seconds quicker than Lindsey Vonn's of the United States, who managed to survive a near crash to finish with the silver medal. Saturday was sunny, and so was Vonn's disposition.

It was the 2010 Olympic downhill champion's second win of the season after the Super-G in Val d'Isere last month.

Vonn, the first skier to record a World Cup win in fifteen consecutive years, is closing in on the all-time World Cup record of 86 victories held by Ingemar Stenmark between 1974 and 1989. Jackie Wiles (Aurora, Ore.) finished third and also punched her ticket to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Vonn's USA teammate Jacqueline Wiles finished third, 0.98 behind, for her second career podium result.

"Skiing is fun first and foremost and I hope that my career can inspire others to just have fun, especially as an underdog", Mancuso said after wiping away tears.

Wiles was skiing just off Vonn's pace at the top intervals but almost overcooked a turn after catching a rut.

"When she's here, she's nearly impossible to beat", said Weirather, who claimed her fifth podium of the season.

"I'm really happy", Vonn said in the post-race news conference.

Vail's Vonn crushes Cortina course for 40th career downhill win, 79th overall

Vonn made her first downhill podium in four starts this season. "A little scary at the bottom, but I kept is rolling and it came together".

"So I have a lot of my career to thank Julia for and I am very sad to see her go and I hope that she can get healthy and enjoy the next step of her life", Vonn said.

"It's a great weekend for me to really set the stage for February".

It was a banner day for U.S. Ski Team with seven athletes finishing in the top 30, including Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) in seventh; Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho) in 11th; Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) 16th; Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, Calif.) in 25th; and Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) in 26th.

This was her second downhill World Cup title in a row having also won last time out in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria.

Up next, the women compete in super-G Saturday in Cortina.

"This is just the momentum that I was hoping for and that I was planning on going to the Olympics", added Vonn, who celebrated by riding an electric bicycle - a gift from the local organizing committee - around on the snow in the finish area.

At age 33, Vonn became the oldest woman to win a downhill, and she is at a point in her career when she savors big moments with reflection.

"For me good to get a good result to build my confidence and get a good result going into the Olympics", she continued.