Alpine skiing-Vonn notches 25th win in Val d'Isere

Updated: December 18, 2009, 9:41 AM ET
Reuters

* Vonn captures 25th career win with super-combined victory

* Riesch and Vonn now tied for first place overall

(Adds details, Vonn quotes)

By Julien Pretot

VAL D'ISERE, France, Dec 18 - American Lindsey Vonn took full advantage of an impressive downhill run to bag her 25th World Cup victory in a super-combined event on Friday.

Vonn, who smashed the field in the downhill section, kept her nerve in the slalom run to prevail in a combined time of two minutes 37.55.

She beat German Maria Riesch by 1.16 seconds, with Austria's Elisabeth Goergl coming home third 1.39 off the pace.

"I skied conservatively in the upper part because I did not want to do too much," Vonn told reporters.

Riesch and Vonn are now tied for first place in the overall World Cup standings on 521 points.

Vonn, who now has three super-combined World Cup wins to her name, had opened a 1.52-second gap in the morning downhill over Riesch.

The German proved too clumsy to put real pressure on Vonn, making a couple of costly mistakes in the upper part of the slalom run.

The temperature had risen from minus 17 to minus 12 degrees Celsius in the afternoon but the visibility was poorer because of snowfalls.

It did not prevent Vonn securing her third win of the season following downhill victories in Lake Louise earlier this month.

The 25-year-old Vonn will have the opportunity to move clear in the overall standings when she starts as the hot favourite in Saturday's downhill.

"I now hope to do better than in Lake Louise and make it three out of three," said Vonn, referring to her performance in the Canadian Rockies, when she won two downhills but finished second in the super-G.

"I hope we won't have that kind of weather because we could have some problems."

(Additional reporting by Manuele Lang)

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