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Vonn seals record 19th win

LINDSEY Vonn set an American record with her 19th women's World Cup win yesterday in a super-G.

The 24-year-old Vonn won in one minute, 21.72 seconds to better the previous record of 18 victories held by Tamara McKinney.

Fabienne Suter of Switzerland was second on the Prampero course in Tarvisio, Italy, 0.51 seconds behind Vonn, and Tina Maze of Slovenia was third, 0.67 back.

Vonn finished second in a super-combi on Friday and was runner-up again in a downhill on Saturday. "I was fighting all weekend for this and to finally get it on the last day is really special," she said. "This is something I've been working for my whole life."

Bode Miller holds the US men's record with 31 World Cup victories.

Skiing with a specially-designed splint on her surgically repaired right thumb, Vonn again struggled somewhat at the start since she couldn't push off properly, but she made time on her way down and won by a large margin when most of the other skiers were separated only by a few hundredths of a second.

Vonn increased her lead in the overall standings to 299 points over Maria Riesch of Germany, who placed 17th. Anja Paerson of Sweden is third, 414 points behind Vonn, with nine races remaining.

Paerson was skiing faster than Vonn until she swung wide on a tricky turn near the finish and missed a gate.

"It was a good weekend," Vonn said.

"I got a lot of points for the overall, especially today with Anja not finishing and Maria not having such a great day."

Last season, Vonn became the first American woman to win the overall title in 25 years, since McKinney did it in 1983. No American woman has ever won back-to-back overall titles.

Vonn has won 11 downhills, four super-G's, two super-combis and two slaloms. This was her sixth win of the season.

McKinney's wins in the 1980s were all in slalom and giant slalom.

Super-combi world champion Kathrin Zettel of Austria finished fourth and Nadia Fanchini of Italy held onto a slim lead in the super-G standings by placing fifth.

Fanchini leads the super-G ranks with 300 points. Suter is next with 296 points and Vonn has 261 with two races remaining in the discipline.

Vonn sliced her thumb open on a broken champagne bottle after sweeping the speed races - super-G and downhill - at the World Championships in Val d'Isere, France.


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