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Lindsey Vonn earns milestone World Cup win

By Andrew Dampf

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 15 2012 8:13 p.m. MST

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.

Associated Press

Associated Press

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy — Lindsey Vonn finally got to share a World Cup victory with her little sister, a milestone that moved her into third place on the career wins list.

The American ended a five-week winless streak Sunday with a dominating victory in the super-G, capturing her 47th career title. Vonn finished a massive 0.61 seconds ahead of rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, and Tina Maze of Slovenia was third.

Laura Kildow, Vonn's sister, began a visit to Europe last weekend only to witness Vonn uncharacteristically miss the podium in two speed races because of a stomach illness.

"I felt bad last week because I didn't do very well," said Vonn, the overall World Cup leader. "It wasn't a very good example of a World Cup weekend, but this weekend went much better."

Vonn's victory moved her ahead of retired Austrian great Renate Goetschl on the career list. Only Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell (62) and Switzerland's Vreni Schneider (55) have more.

"Records in skiing are really important to me," Vonn said. "The history in our sport is something you can look back on when you're career is over and really be proud of what you accomplished."

Vonn opened the weekend with a second-place finish in Saturday's downhill, although she almost risked missing that race following a warmup mishap with her sister — which she hesitated to recount.

"Oh my gosh! She's going to kill me," Vonn said. "She thought it was going to be really cool to try to beat me and I didn't know she was so close behind me, and she came up and clipped the side of me and totally went down.

"But she had the biggest smile on her face as she was crashing into the woods. We were laughing about it this morning. She's so small but she has absolutely no fear. I'm disappointed she's not a ski racer because she would have been a great downhiller."

The last of the top-ranked skiers to start, Vonn led at every interval and was more than a second ahead of Hoefl-Riesch at the last checkpoint. While she lost nearly half of her lead over Hoefl-Riesch on the lower section of the course, Vonn celebrated when she crossed the finish line, hardly looking to see her time.

MEN'S SLALOM: At Wengen, Switzerland, Ivica Kostelic of Croatia proved the master of Wengen again, winning a World Cup slalom to close the gap on overall standings leader Marcel Hirscher, who was disqualified for straddling a gate. Kostelic was almost flawless in the second run to finish 0.85 seconds ahead of Andre Myhrer of Sweden. Fritz Dopfer of Germany was third.

Bode Miller was the only American of six to complete the first run. However, Miller did not qualify for a second run after his time trailed Matt by 2.39 and finished outside the top 30. Teammate Ted Ligety, who attempted to move from fourth in the overall race, skied out at the fourth gate of the first run.

CROSS COUNTRY: At Milan, Ida Ingemarsdotter led Sweden to victory in the cross-country World Cup team sprint. Ingemarsdotter won the individual event on Saturday and completed an impressive double when she broke free on the last lap to claim victory along with Hanna Brodin in 16 minutes, 14.7 seconds.

Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall of the United States were second, with Canadian duo Perianne Jones and Chandra Crawford third.

LUGE: At Oberhof, Germany, Olympic champion Felix Loch led a German sweep of a men's World Cup luge race Sunday, while the United States finished a season-best fifth in the team relay competition.

Chris Mazdzer led the U.S. men by placing 14th, matching his career best in a World Cup race. The U.S. used Mazdzer, Erin Hamlin and the doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall in the team relay, finishing in 2:26.34 and missing bronze by less than a quarter of a second. Germany won in 2:24.768.

MEN'S SKI JUMPING: At Tauplitz, Austria, Anders Bardal of Norway won the second competition of a World Cup ski flying meet on Sunday after leader Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria was disqualified for an equipment irregularity. Schlierenzauer breached the rules by having his suit taped after a zip broke down shortly before his final jump. The Four Hills Tour champion then jumped 186 meters to lead the competition, but was disqualified shortly afterward.

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