U.S. skier Vonn wins world super G title

Feb. 3, 2009 at 12:03 PM
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VAL D’ISERE, France, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Lindsey Vonn became the first U.S. skier to win the World Championship in the women's super G Tuesday at the FIS Alpine Ski worlds in France.

Vonn edged up-and-coming French star Marie Marchand-Arvier by 0.34 seconds on the opening day of the World Championships at Val d'Isere.

Vonn covered the course in 1:20.73 while the 23-year-old Marchand-Arvier was runner-up at 1:21.07. Andrea Fischbacher of Austria was in third-place at 1:21.13.

The win came off a solid weekend performance for Vonn, who had two wins at the Audi World Cup event in Germany that included her first super G win in two years. The Colorado-based veteran will take part in the downhill, slalom and super combined later in the week.

The World Championships resume Wednesday with the men's super G race and training runs for the women's downhill.

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