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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: 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: Vonn ups pace in downhill training topped by Gisin

Lindsey Vonn showed signs of regaining her pre-injury speed by finishing just behind Switzerland's Dominique Gisin in the women's second World Cup downhill training run at Val d'Isere on Thursday. Gisin came down the 2.9km-long OK (Oreiller Killy) course, featuring a vertical drop of 737 metres and on which racers hit speeds in excess of 110kmh, in 1min 49.07sec, with US star Vonn just four-hundredths adrift. Slovenia's reigning world super-G champion Tina Maze produced a strong second-half of the course to come in third at 0.16sec.

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.

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.

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: Hoefl-Riesch wins, Vonn returns to racing

Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch captured the Lake Louise women's downhill Friday as Lindsey Vonn finished 41st in her return to the World Cup circuit. The 29-year-old Hoefl-Reisch stormed down the course in one minute, 56.03 seconds, beating runner-up Swiss Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden and third place Elena Fanchini of Italy. Vonn, who had won seven straight races at Lake Louise, saw her win streak snapped in her first race in 10 months after tearing ligaments in her right knee at the February world championships in Schladming, Austria.

Alpine skiing: Hoefl-Riesch wins, Vonn returns to racing

Germany's Maria Hoefl-Reisch captured the Lake Louise women's downhill Friday as Lindsey Vonn finished 41st in her return to the World Cup circuit. The 29-year-old Hoefl-Reisch stormed down the course in one minute, 56.03 seconds, beating runner-up Swiss Mariar Kaufmann-Abderhalden and third place Elena Fanchini of Italy. Vonn, who had won seven straight races at Lake Louise, saw her win streak snapped in her first race in 10 months after tearing ligaments in her right knee at the February world championships in Schladming, Austria.
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