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Vonn looks strong in her 40th victory

Associated Press / February 27, 2011

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Lindsey Vonn showed she is back to her best form by winning a downhill race yesterday at Are, Sweden, three weeks after a concussion curtailed her World Championships. It marked the 40th World Cup victory of her career, extending her American record for men and women.

Vonn finished in 1 minute 40.93 seconds for her seventh victory this season. She was followed by Tina Maze of Slovenia, who trailed by 0.13 seconds, and World Cup leader Maria Riesch of Germany.

“It’s still hard to believe I have 40 victories,’’ the 26-year-old Vonn said. “It’s a big number, so I’m incredibly happy. I feel lucky that I’m able to do what I love every day.’’

Vonn withdrew from the late stages of the World Championships Feb. 14 because of the lingering effects of a concussion. She crashed during training Feb. 2 in Austria.

She finished sixth in the super-combined event Friday in her first race since the Worlds.

Vonn was 0.04 behind Maze on her second time split, but accelerated in the middle section and made a clean jump into the bottom slope.

“I did my best, and I think it was a good, aggressive run,’’ Vonn said.

Men’s super-combined — Christof Innerhofer of Italy skied a strong super-G to win the World Cup super-combined at Bansko, Bulgaria, edging Felix Neureuther of Germany by 0.01 seconds.

Giant slalom world champion Ted Ligety of the US was fourth, matching his career best in the super-combined.

“I didn’t feel like I had the greatest slalom in the world, but my super-G run was pretty good,’’ Ligety said. “It was a pretty giant slalom-friendly super-G hill, so that worked out well for me.’’

Innerhofer, who won the super-G world title two weeks ago, finished 11th in the slalom earlier yesterday, but rallied to win in 2:23.87.

Freestyle — Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., and Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada won moguls World Cup events at Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic.

Kearney leads the World Cup standings with three events left.