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Alpine skiing: Kaufmann-Abderhalden wins as Vonn crashes out

Switzerland's Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden recorded her first World Cup win on Saturday, triumphing in the downhill at the French resort of Val-d'Isere. The unheralded 27-year-old, in a time of 1min 47.28sec, finished 0.29sec ahead of Slovenia's Tina Maze, with Austria's Cornelia Huetter in third position a further 0.23sec adrift. But the event down the 2.9km-long course in brilliant sunshine was marred by several crashes, with Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, under the watchful eye of her boyfriend Tiger Woods, skiing out.

Alpine skiing: Vonn's knee fails number one fan Woods

American speed queen Lindsey Vonn failed to put together a winning run for onlooking boyfriend Tiger Woods on Saturday as her unstable right knee gave way halfway down the course. Vonn insisted the incident would not have major ramifications, saying she would race a maximum of two more events before heading to Sochi to defend her Olympic downhill title in February. But the manner in which her knee failed to provide any stability on a turn coming out of a compression will have worried not only her but the US ski team.

Alpine skiing: Kaufmann-Abderhalden wins as Vonn crashes out

Switzerland's Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden recorded her first World Cup win on Saturday, triumphing in the downhill at the French resort of Val-d'Isere. The 27-year-old, in a time of 1min 47.28sec, finished 0.29sec ahead of Slovenia's Tina Maze, with Austria's Cornelia Huetter in third position a further 0.23sec adrift. But the event down the 2.9km-long course in brilliant sunshine was marred by several crashes, with Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, under the watchful eye of her partner Tiger Woods, skiing out.

Alpine skiing: Kaufmann-Abderhalden wins as Vonn crashes out

Switzerland's Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden recorded her first World Cup win on Saturday, triumphing in the downhill at the French resort of Val-d'Isere. The unheralded 27-year-old, in a time of 1min 47.28sec, finished 0.29sec ahead of Slovenia's Tina Maze, with Austria's Cornelia Huetter in third position a further 0.23sec adrift. But the event down the 2.9km-long course in brilliant sunshine was marred by several crashes, with Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, under the watchful eye of her boyfriend Tiger Woods, skiing out.

Alpine skiing: Kaufmann-Abderhalden wins as Vonn crashes out

Switzerland's Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden recorded her first World Cup win on Saturday, triumphing in the downhill at the French resort of Val-d'Isere. The unheralded 27-year-old, in a time of 1min 47.28sec, finished 0.29sec ahead of Slovenia's Tina Maze, with Austria's Cornelia Huetter in third position a further 0.23sec adrift. But the event down the 2.9km-long course in brilliant sunshine was marred by several crashes, with Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, under the watchful eye of her boyfriend Tiger Woods, skiing out.

Alpine Skiing: Pressure on Vonn as Tiger appears in Alps

Lindsey Vonn will take to the piste for Saturday's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere under increased pressure as high-profile boyfriend Tiger Woods pitched up in the glitzy French resort. While Vonn has been a regular spectator of the world's number one golfer, it will be the first time Woods has been seen at one of his girlfriend's ski races since they confirmed in March they were a couple.

Alpine Skiing: Pressure on Vonn as Tiger appears in Alps

Lindsey Vonn will take to the piste for Saturday's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere under increased pressure as high-profile boyfriend Tiger Woods pitched up in the glitzy French resort. While Vonn has been a regular spectator of the world's number one golfer, it will be the first time Woods has been seen at one of his girlfriend's ski races.

Alpine Skiing: Top trio keep eye on Sochi ... and Vonn

While medals in February's Winter Olympic in Sochi remain their goal, a top trio of women racers insisted Friday that their immediate thoughts remained focused on a packed World Cup schedule. German Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Slovenian Tina Maze and Swiss racer Lara Gut also all noted the stirring comeback by American arch-rival Lindsey Vonn, insisting they were not surprised by her return to the top table after 10 months out.

Alpine Skiing: Women's final downhill training cancelled

The third downhill training run for the women's World Cup event in Val d'Isere was cancelled on Friday because of adverse weather conditions, organisers announced. "Cancellation of the third downhill training today because of the weather conditions," they said. The French Alpine resort saw overnight snow on top of the Oreiller Killy (OK) course, along with some wind and warmer temperatures at lower altitude.

Alpine skiing: Sochi is the goal as Vonn credits Tiger

There are not many athletes in the sometime-closeted world of alpine skiing to have become household names on a global level, but American Lindsey Vonn is certainly one of them. Prodigious talent and ability on the slope to one side, Vonn has allied her bubbly personality, good looks and, lately, her liaison with top golfer Tiger Woods with smart business acumen to capitalise her "branding". A savage fall at last February's World Championships in Schladming saw her suffer terrible knee injuries which required reconstructive surgery followed by months of rehabilitation.
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