Vonn shines in Worlds downhill practice

Feb. 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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VAL D'ISERE, France, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- American Lindsey Vonn clocked the fastest time in Thursday's training run for the upcoming women's downhill World Championship race in France.

Austria's Christoph Gruber was fastest in on the full-length men's course with a 2:10.82. Bode Miller of the United States had the 13th fastest time.

Vonn sailed down the partial-course training run at Val d'Isere in 1:18.65, 0.38 of a second faster than her young French rival, Marie Marchand-Arvier.

"I have a good feeling on my skis," said Vonn, who edged the 23-year-old Marchand-Arvier in the super G world championship. "I'm relaxed and just trying to execute the line. Today was just a training run and tomorrow there will be a lot more attack."

Vonn leads in the World Cup overall standings for this season and in the downhill. Marchand-Arvier is 23rd overall while Germany's Maria Riesch is second in the overall point total.

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