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U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn celebrates her second-place run in the World Cup women's downhill Saturday at St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Olympic slalom champion Anja Paerson won her first downhill in almost two years and American Lindsey Vonn finished second on Saturday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The Swede completed the Corviglia course in 1 minute, 39.32 seconds in sunny conditions for her first victory this season. Vonn was 0.08 behind despite nearly falling in the middle section when her skis hooked up. Maria Riesch of Germany was third, 0.33 back.

"I caught an edge and lost my line a little bit," Vonn said. "There are two sections you have to nail to be fast — in the middle and the lower section. I didn't get it today, but maybe tomorrow."

Today's super-G course is set by U.S. coach Alex Hoedlmoser.

Vonn had her second podium result in three downhill races. Vonn won the season-opening downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Paerson moved to fourth place on the women's World Cup win list.

"I've always been fast here. I wasn't perfect on my line but the conditions were simply perfect for me today," Paerson said. "I'm also finding the motivation that was missing until now. I really feel like I'm back."

Meanwhile, in Val Gardena, Italy, Bode Miller is skiing on his own, and the U.S. team is doing just fine without him.

Scott Macartney finished third in the Saslong downhill Saturday for his first top-three finish in nearly two years. Marco Sullivan placed second in the season-opening downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, and Provo's Steven Nyman was runner-up in Beaver Creek, Colo., last month.

"We've had three different guys on the podium," Macartney said. "I think our team is in great shape right now."

Michael Walchhofer won Saturday and has now captured all five World Cup classics. The Austrian covered the 2.14-mile course in 1 minute, 56.70 seconds. Switzerland's Didier Cuche was second, 0.18 behind, and Macartney was 0.56 back.

Val Gardena is one of the five classic downhills on the World Cup circuit. The others are: Val d'Isere, France; Wengen, Switzerland; Kitzbuehel, Austria; and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

It was Macartney's first podium since a super-G in Garmisch in January 2006. That came at the end of the season, whereas now it's the beginning.

"Hopefully this is an opportunity for me to take some confidence into the next races," Macartney said.

Miller finished eighth after placing second in Friday's super-G. He was on pace for another podium finish until he got a little wild on the lower section of the course, flailing his arms to keep his balance.

"I got pinched in on one gate, and it cost me a huge amount of time," Miller said. "The mistake lasted for three gates because in the Ciaslat (a tricky section of the course) you can't get your line back very easily. Besides that I think I was right there for the win or the podium for sure."

Nyman, the defending champion, got his skis tangled and fell five seconds into his run.