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Downhill title for Vonn

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Associated Press / February 23, 2008

WHISTLER, British Columbia - Lindsey Vonn clinched the World Cup downhill title yesterday, becoming the first American woman to claim the crown since Picabo Street in 1996.

"It's great to seal the deal with two races left," said Vonn, who also leads the World Cup overall standings. "I don't have to worry about that anymore. That's a big checkoff on my lifetime goals. It definitely feels great."

Nadia Styger of Switzerland won the race in 1 minute 45.30 seconds. Vonn made a mistake near the bottom of the course and finished 0.01 behind Styger.

American Julia Mancuso finished third in 1:45.49 on the same course that will be used for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Britt Janyk of Canada was fourth in front of a hometown crowd.

"I was a little bummed out that I was second by a hundredth," Vonn said. "I'm still happy. Second is awesome."

Vonn, a four-time World Cup downhill winner with two runner-up finishes this season, has 655 points. Her nearest rival, Renate Goetschl of Austria, has 368 points after a fifth-place finish yesterday.

Janyk, who has a win and a third-place finish this season, is third in the downhill standings with 350 points.

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