Vonn wins super-G

Posted1/11/2010 12:01 AM

HAUS IM ENNSTAL, Austria - As if anyone needed it, Lindsey Vonn offered more proof on Sunday that her bruised left arm is no longer an issue, at least in the speed events. She captured her third straight World Cup race, winning a super-G to become the first American man or woman to earn a victory on three straight days and the first woman to do so since 1997. Vonn covered the Krummholz course in 1 minute, 26.69 seconds to beat Anja Paerson of Sweden by 0.53 seconds. The win followed downhill victories Friday and Saturday.

"It's good to know that I can do it," Vonn said. "There was definitely a little bit more pressure today because everybody was wanting me to do the three in a row, and I wanted to do it myself, so it's just good to know that I can ski well under pressure, and it just gives me more and more confidence going into Vancouver."

Vonn's 28th World Cup win moved her past Phil Mahre into second on the career list for American skiers. Bode Miller leads with 31 victories.

Vonn bruised a bone in her left arm in a crash in a slalom in Lienz, Austria, on Dec. 28. It impaired her ability to plant her pole and caused her to struggle in the slalom races that preceded the speed races over the weekend. U.S. women's speed coach Alex Hoedelmoser said the bruise shouldn't be an issue outside the slalom, where she brushes up against gates.

"It doesn't really bother her too much anymore at the start," he said.

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