Lindsey Vonn snags World Cup downhill trophy

Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn holds the crystal globe she won for taking the season-long Audi FIS World Cup downhill title in 2010 after the final downhill race of the season in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)

Colorado racer earns coveted title with secon-place finish in Italy

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Vail’s Lindsey Vonn continued to strengthen her position as one of the best speed event ski racers in recent years by winning this season’s World Cup downhill title just one day after nabbing the super-combined trophy.

Vonn finished second to Sweden’s Anja Parson Saturday in the next-to-last downhill of the season at Tarvisio, Italy, taking an insurmountable 143-point lead over Germany’s Maria Riesch.

Paerson has five top-five finishes for the season, showing her consistency once again.

“It’s been a great weekend so far, clenching the super combined title yesterday and the downhill title today,”  Vonn said in an interview with Ski Racing Magazine. She also leads the Super-G standing by 131 points. “I also have a chance to close things up tomorrow (Sunday) in the super G, so things are going really well. It was definitely a really good day and I’m happy with my run.”

Vonn also closed the gap in the race for the overall World Cup title to just 136 points with seven races to go.

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