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Vonn wins 2nd straight World Cup downhill

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

Lindsey Vonn of the United States races down the course on her way to winning the women's World Cup Downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Vonn wins 2nd straight World Cup downhill

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill at Lake Louise for the second straight day, giving her seven victories on the course in six years.

Saturday’s victory marked the first time the 25-year-old Vonn has won back-to-back races in Lake Louise, which hosts two downhills per event, weather permitting.

The two-time overall World Cup overall champion from Vail, Colo., will also be in the hunt to win Sunday’s super-G.

“I’ve only gotten two wins back to back once so I think three is pushing my luck,” Vonn said. “I’m definitely going to go out tomorrow and try my best and I’m just hoping for a podium.”

Snow and poor visibility had shortened Friday’s opening downhill by 670 meters. Skies cleared and temperatures dropped Saturday, allowing the women to race the full 3,090-meter course.

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Vonn was timed in 1 minute, 50.06 seconds and was followed by Germany’s Maria Riesch and Canada’s Emily Brydon.

“This is what I kind of believed could happen, but it’s never happened before now,” said Brydon, who won silver in Friday’s race. “I really believed in what I did yesterday and I wanted to follow it up with something good.”

Vonn’s victory in Friday’s downhill came despite arriving at the finish with a bloody mouth from cutting her tongue at the top of the run after smacking her chin on her knee.

Vonn will race five disciplines at the Vancouver Olympics and is a medal threat in all of them.