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Vonn thrills Beaver Creek

United States' Lindsey Vonn kneels down in front of the podium after winning the women's World Cup super-G ski competition in Beaver Creek, Colo. on Wednesday Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – It simply isn’t as easy as Lindsey Vonn is making it look these days.

Vonn rang up victory No. 46 Wednesday at the women’s Birds of Prey super-G, the first time ladies took to the course. It’s her fourth win in a row on the World Cup tour and fifth in six starts this season.

Yet, Vonn, who wins like she’s a cyborg, is indeed human.



“I was so nervous,” Vonn said. “I think yesterday I was still really relaxed. This morning, I woke up and was really anxious, excited, nervous. My stomach was in a knot all day. It still is. I still will not be relaxed until the last racer has crossed the finish line.”

Battling back a severe case of nerves because this was the first time Vonn had raced on home snow, having trained during her formative years with then-Ski Club Vail, she finished in 1 minute, 10.68 seconds, 0.37 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter. Austria’s Anna Fenninger took third.



“I just tried to do my best to keep it together,” Vonn said. “It wasn’t my best run. I almost went off course a couple of times. I really charged on the bottom to make up some time. This, for me, is probably one of the best races of my career, getting a chance to win at home with the home crowd here is more than I could have expected.”

Vonn, racing 17th, charged out of the start and attacked and it nearly cost her the race. She was behind at the first interval, went back into green numbers in the second, fell behind again at the third and then crushed the bottom of the course for the cherished win.

Vonn is the first American to win four World Cup races in a row – male or female. Bode Miller had the hat trick in 2004. Tamara McKinney, who won gold at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail in 1989, was the last female with three in a row in 1983.

cfreud@vaildaily.com


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