Alpine skiing-Vonn maintains unbeaten run in Lake Louise

Sun Dec 2, 2012 3:15pm EST
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By Patrick Lang

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn achieved her second successive Lake Louise treble when she won Sunday's Super-G, the third race on the weekend program at the Canadian resort.

The American clocked one minute and 22.82 seconds to snatch her 14th victory at her favorite skiing venue, her seventh in succession, but she confessed the effort had worn her out.

"I'm just shattered, I'm running on low battery," said Vonn, who collapsed at the feet of second-placed team-mate Julia Mancuso in the finish area.

With 56 victories, the four times World Cup champion is now the second most successful skier in history behind Annemarie Moser-Proell, whose record of 62 wins is in serious jeopardy.

But the downhill Olympic champion can already claim to have won more actual races than the legendary Austrian, whose record included seven combined, which at the time were mere additions of a downhill and a slalom held separately.

Mancuso completed a clean sweep by the U.S. Ski team at the weekend by finishing second, 0.43 behind, emulating compatriot Stacey Cook, runner-up in both Friday's and Saturday's downhills behind Vonn.

Austria's Anna Fenninger took the last podium spot, 0.02 seconds behind Mancuso.

Tina Maze retained the overall World cup lead by finishing a solid fourth, 0.62 off Vonn's pace.   Continued...

U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn makes a turn while on her way to winning the Women's World Cup Super-G skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake