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Alpine Skiing: Vonn back in latest step towards Sochi

Lindsey Vonn has chosen the right place for the next stop on her road back to fitness ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February. The 29-year-old, a four-time overall World Cup winner, opted out of last weekend's St Moritz outing and Tuesday's slalom in Courchevel. In her fight to regain full fitness in time to defend her Olympic downhill title, Vonn is being choosy.

Alpine Skiing: Vonn back as Hoefl-Riesch tops downhill training

American speed queen Lindsey Vonn was back in World Cup action on Wednesday, comfortably completing downhill training in Val d'Isere. In her fight to regain full fitness in time to defend her Olympic downhill title, Vonn opted out of competing at St Moritz last weekend after returning to competition at Lake Louise in the first week of December. In Canada she showed steady progress over three races in her first starts since reconstructive surgery on her right knee after a crash at the World Championships in Schladming last February.

Alpine skiing: Vonn aims at Val d'Isere downhill

Lindsey Vonn, fighting to regain full fitness in time to defend her Olympic downhill title, next plans to race in the December 21 World Cup downhill at Val d'Isere, France. Vonn returned to competition last weekend at Lake Louise, Canada, where she showed steady progress over three races in her first starts since reconstructive surgery on her right knee after a crash at the World Championships last February. Vonn's return to action was delayed by a week after she re-injured the knee in training in Colorado in November.

Alpine skiing: Gut wins Lake Louise super-G

Switzerland's Lara Gut won a women's alpine World Cup super-G on Sunday as American Lindsey Vonn's injury comeback gathered steam. Gut clocked 1min 22.86sec to edge Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather by just .03sec. Austrian Anna Fenninger was third, .33sec behind the winner. Vonn, who returned to racing this week after a 10-month injury absence, improved again in her third start in as many days. She was 40th in Friday's downhill, 11th in Saturday's downhill and fifth on Sunday, .85sec behind Gut. bur/bb/dj

Germany's Hoefl-Riesch posts downhill double in Lake Louise

LAKE LOUISE, Canada, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch captured her second World Cup downhill victory in as many days Saturday with a dominant run at the famed Canadian ski mountain, more than a half second ahead of her nearest competition.

Alpine skiing: Hoefl-Riesch wins back-to-back downhills

Lindsey Vonn continued her comeback from a knee injury with an improved performance in Saturday's Lake Louise downhill which was won by Maria Hoefl-Riesch. Germany's Hoefl-Riesch captured her second World Cup downhill in as many days and will go for her third victory in a row in Sunday's Super G. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Hoefl-Riesch clocked a time of one minute, 55.09 seconds to finish 0.34 seconds ahead of runner-up Tina Weirather, of Liechtenstein, and Austrian Anna Fenninger who placed third in 1:55.56.

Alpine skiing: Hoefl-Riesch wins Lake Louise downhill

German star Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the World Cup Lake Louise downhill as Lindsey Vonn continued her comeback from injury with an improved performance on Saturday. It marked the second-straight win in as many days in the Canadian Rockies for Hoefl-Riesch who clocked a time of one minute, 55.09 seconds. Hoefl-Riesch finished 0.34 seconds ahead of runner-up Tina Weirather and Anna Fenninger who placed third in 1:55.56. Vonn skied more aggressively Saturday, crossing the finish line in 1:56.35 but she was still 1.26 seconds adrift of Hoefl-Riesch. gph

Alpine skiing: Hoefl-Riesch wins back-to-back downhills

Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch captured her second World Cup downhill in as many days as Lindsey Vonn continued her comeback from injury with an improved performance in Lake Louis on Saturday. Two-time Olympic gold medallist Hoefl-Riesch clocked a time of one minute, 55.09 seconds to finish 0.34 seconds ahead of runner-up Tina Weirather, of Liechtenstein, and Austrian Anna Fenninger who placed third in 1:55.56. This is just the second time Hoefl-Riesch has won two downhills in a row after 2010 and it marks her fifth career World Cup downhill in Lake Louise.

Vonn 40th in World Cup return as rival Hoefl-Reish grabs podium in Lake Louise

LAKE LOUISE, Canada, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- American skiing star Lindsey Vonn made her return to the World Cup circuit Friday for the first time in nearly 10 months since injuring her knee, finishing 40th in the second downhill of the season in Alberta. While Germany's Maria Hoefl-Reisch raced to her fourth career downhill World Cup victory at Lake Louise, crossing the finish line in 1:56.03, more than a half second faster than second place Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden (1:56.73) of Italy, all the attention was on Vonn.

Alpine skiing: Vonn well back in cautious return

Lindsey Vonn finished 40th in her highly anticipated return to the World Cup circuit Friday after 10 months out with injury, as Maria Hoefl-Riesch captured the Lake Louise women's downhill. US ski star Vonn, who had won seven straight races at Lake Louise, was competing for the first time since tearing ligaments in her right knee at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, in February.
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