Lindsey Vonn, U.S. shine at Sochi downhill

Feb. 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Lindsey Vonn of the United States clinched the women's World Cup downhill title Saturday with a third place on the Olympic course in Sochi, Russia.

Vonn won her fifth consecutive downhill title and leads Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch in the overall standings by 231 points with a month remaining in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season.

"Downhill is my favorite event and it's always nice to wrap up a title before the end of the season, before the last races," Vonn said. "It puts a little less pressure on me."

Hoefl-Riesch won Saturday's event in a time of 1 minute, 49.17 seconds. Elisabeth Goergl took second and Vonn third with a 1:49.76.

Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, turned out to be a favorable hill for the U.S. team. The American women took four of the first 10 finishes, which the U.S. Ski Association said in a written statement was the first time one country had placed four competitors in the top 10 for a World Cup downhill.

Julia Mancuso placed sixth and Stacey Cook and Alice McKennis placed ninth and 10th respectively.

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