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Lindsey Vonn wins in super-G race, her final World Cup event before Olympics

Lindsey Vonn speeds to victory at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Lindsey Vonn speeds to victory at St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Giovanni Auletta/associated Press)

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By Associated Press
Monday, February 1, 2010

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Lindsey Vonn heads to the Vancouver Olympics happy and healthy after enjoying a perfect Sunday.

"Now I feel like I'm ready," Vonn said after winning a super-G race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, her final World Cup event before the Feb. 12-28 Games.

"I'm definitely in the best shape I've ever been in. Mentally and physically prepared."

Vonn kept her promise to first take care of World Cup business. She extended her lead in the overall standings, clinched the super-G title with two races to spare and took instant revenge against a course that on Saturday tricked her out of a chance to go unbeaten all season in downhill.

Best of all, Vonn completed her 26-race, pre-Olympic program with nine wins, confident and injury-free. "I'm really relieved that I made it through the World Cup with no injuries," Vonn said. "That is absolutely the worst thing that could possibly happen. It's kind of been on my mind."

Vonn then reeled off the names of three expected rivals in speed events who succumbed to season-ending knee injuries in the past 10 days.

Nadia Fanchini's nasty crash Sunday caused serious damage to both knees. The 23-year-old Italian got bronze in downhill when Vonn won world championships gold last February. Olympic downhill silver medalist Martina Schild landed badly in training at St. Moritz last Wednesday, days after fellow Swiss Fraenzi Aufdenblatten fell in a giant slalom at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

-- NORDIC COMBINED: Mario Stecher of Austria won a Nordic Combined World Cup event in Seefeld, Austria, for his first victory of the season.

The 32-year-old Stecher, who was ninth after the ski jump, finished the 10-kilometer cross-country race in 25 minutes 32.8 seconds.

-- MEN'S SLALOM: Reinfried Herbst led an Austrian 1-2 finish at a men's World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for his second win in six days.

Herbst finished the Podkoren 3 course in a combined time of 1 minute 45.35 seconds to beat Marcel Hirscher by 0.4 of a second for his fourth victory of the season and ninth overall.

Ted Ligety of the United States, who won the GS on Friday, had a strong second run to rise from 10th to fourth place but was later disqualified for straddling a gate. Bode Miller of the United States skipped the race to rest his sore ankle ahead of the Olympics.


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