Vonn wins World Cup super-G

Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the women's World Cup super-G at Saint Moritz on Saturday ahead of Tina Maze of Slovenia and fellow American Julia Mancuso.

American Lindsey Vonn jumps during women's World Cup ski downhill in Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2011. Vonn wins the women's World Cup super-G at Saint Moritz ahead of Tina Maze of Slovenia and fellow American Julia Mancuso

It was the 57th World Cup victory of her career, leaving her just five short of the record 62 victories chalked up by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell.

Vonn's win come just a week after she swept the board at Lake Louise, Canada winning two downhills and a super-G.

Poor visibility high up on the piste forced organisers to lower the starting gate, but the sun broke through just as Vonn set off.

That helped the American ski queen to go 00.37 seconds faster than Maze, who was immediately ahead of her.

"I was really disappointed yesterday after the super-combined and I knew there were some who could go really fast in super-G like Tina and Julia," Vonn said.

"I am just happy to get another win. I lost three races when I was ill in mid-November and I have had to battle my way back.

"Records are very important for me and I want to win as many races as possible."

The consolation for Maze was that the points she garnered for second place allowed her to maintain her lead in the World Cup overall standings, having also won the super-combined the previous day.

She is 167 points clear of Vonn, who was hit by illness earlier in the season, and 163 points better off than Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who took fifth place on Saturday.

"Different skiing conditions can matter but when you are a top skier you should be able to ski under all conditions and I can't use that as an excuse," said Maze of Vonn's advantageous start.

"But it's true that when you have windy conditions and others don't then that can made all the difference."

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