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Need for speedIf Lindsey Vonn wants to overtake World Cup Alpine leader Tina Maze (she’s 263 points behind in third), she’ll have to sweep this weekend’s downhill and Super G at Val d’Isere, France. “I have got to win every speed race,” acknowledges the four-time overall titlist, who’s 4 for 4 in them this season but still is feeling the effects of her earlier intestinal ailment. “I was just dead,” she reported after finishing 27th in last weekend’s giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, after winning the Super G on a shortened course a day earlier. “Two-run races are really hard for me right now.” Ted Ligety, a two-race specialist in the slaloms, is sitting second behind Norwegian leader Aksel Lund Svindal thanks to his 100 Super G points but stands to lose ground to Svindal at this weekend’s speed races in Val Gardena, Italy, before his next GS chance at Alta Badia Sunday . . . Kikkan Randall has been kickin’ it on the women’s World Cup cross-country skiing circuit, sitting second behind Norwegian leader Marit Bjoergen after winning last weekend’s sprint in Quebec, her third medal finish. Randall, who also helped her relay mates make their first-ever podium, gets another sprint shot next weekend at Canmore . . . After winning her second gold at last weekend’s World Cup speedskating meet in Nagano, Heather Richardson is sitting atop the women’s 1,000-meter standings and is second to South Korea’s Lee Sang Hwa in the 500 entering next weekend’s sprint races in Harbin, China.
John Powers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; material from Olympic committees, sports federations, personal interviews, and wire services was used in this report.