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|GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN [url=http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jessie-bates-iii-jersey]Bengals Jessie Bates III Jersey[/url] , Germany (AP) Lindsey Vonn won her second World Cup downhill of the weekend on Sunday in a perfect dress rehearsal for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
It was the Americanâ€™s third straight triumph in the discipline after also winning in Cortina dâ€™Ampezzo, Italy, two weeks ago.
â€ťTwo wins is as good as it gets, really. Itâ€™s just been a perfect weekend,â€ť said Vonn, who plans to compete in downhill, super-G and the combined event at the Olympics. â€ťIt has really been the exact preparation that I was hoping for going into South Korea.â€ť
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In a similar scenario to Saturdayâ€™s race, Vonn beat Sofia Goggia for the win. The American clocked 1 minute [url=http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-logan-woodside-jersey]Bengals Logan Woodside Jersey[/url] , 37.92 seconds on the Kandahar course to beat her Italian rival by 0.11 seconds, after edging her by just 0.02 the day before. Goggia won two consecutive downhills in January but crashed in the race where Vonn started her winning streak.
Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was a hundredth of a second further behind in third.
Vonnâ€™s American teammate Stacey Cook crashed and was taken off the hill on a sled â€ťas a precaution,â€ť the U.S. ski team said, adding that Cook â€ťis OK.â€ť Another teammate, Jacqueline Wiles, damaged her left knee in a crash Saturday and was ruled out of the Olympics.
Winning another Olympic medal â€“ after taking downhill gold in 2010 but missing the 2014 Sochi Games because of a knee injury â€“ has been Vonnâ€™s declared goal all season.
But after Pyeongchang, her focus will shift back to a record in the sport that has long been regarded as unbeatable.
Vonnâ€™s 81st World Cup win on Sunday left her just five short of the all-time best mark set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in the 1980s.
â€ťYou get a little greedy,â€ť Vonn said. â€ťOnce you keep winning [url=http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mark-walton-jersey]Bengals Mark Walton Jersey[/url] , you want to win more. For sure, I will ski another season and see how high I can get the number. I know I can continue to win, I just donâ€™t know for how long. I keep racking them up for as long as I can and we will see what number I can get to.â€ť
Vonn has recovered from a rough start to her season, which saw her crashing twice in one of her favorite resorts, Lake Louise, and dealing with back and knee problems.
â€ťI have really picked up a lot of momentum,â€ť she said after Sundayâ€™s win. â€ťI feel really good physically, mentally. And everything is working well [url=http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-malik-jefferson-jersey]Bengals Malik Jefferson Jersey[/url] , my equipment is working well, my preparation is perfect. It really couldnâ€™t be better going into the Olympics.â€ť
Vonn trailed Weirather by 0.30 seconds halfway down the course but found the fastest line in the turning final section.
The Americanâ€™s lead came under threat a few minutes later. Goggia was ahead by 0.04 at the second and 0.07 at the fourth split time, but failed to match Vonnâ€™s pace on the bottom part of the hill.
Still, Goggia was still content after finishing her run.
â€ťI am pretty happy to come away from Garmisch with two solid runs, two solid races, solid skiing,â€ť the Italian said. â€ťThis is what I was hoping for after the crash in Cortina.â€ť
While the downhill rivalry between Vonn and Goggia has been shaping up nicely going into the Olympics, Weirather made it clear the competition isnâ€™t far off.
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