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Vonn Golden in Comeback, Wins Downhill

VonnApparently Lindsey Vonn is feeling just fine.

The 26-year-old American Alpine racer shrugged-off post concussion symptoms to win the World Cup Downhill event held in Are, Sweden on Saturday. Vonn's encore performance came Sunday when she took second in the Super-G event.

The Downhill win was a milestone, giving Vonn 40 career victories on World Cup Tour – one away from the record of 41 titles, held by Sweden’s Anja Paerson.

“It’s still hard to believe I have 40 victories,” Vonn told the Associated Press. “It’s a big number, so I’m incredibly happy.”

Earlier this month post concussion symptoms stemming from a crash in training forced Vonn to pull out early from the World Championships held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Though Vonn won Silver in the Downhill at Worlds, she skipped the final three events amidst lingering effects of her concussion – heeding recommendations from U.S. Skiing doctors.

Following that event, no clear indicator existed whether Vonn would race again this season; though her performance in Sweden this weekend is proof she endured a quick recovery.

Many thought Vonn might have feigned her injury at Worlds in order to avoid having to race in her weakest three events.

To that notion, Vonn retorted, “Some people were saying that I shouldn’t race because it’s too dangerous, and some people were saying that I’m just making it up, that it’s not even true. You know, it’s like tabloid gossip.”

Vonn completed the course in Are in 1 minute 40.93 seconds for her third downhill victory this season and seventh overall. Her time was .13 seconds better than Slovenian Olympic Silver Medalist Tina Maze. Germany’s Maria Riesch, and one of Vonn’s closest friends, finished third in the race – two-tenths of a second behind Vonn.

On Sunday, Vonn followed up the Downhill victory with a second-place finish in the Super-G on Sunday. She finished just .01 seconds behind Riesch.

The performance this weekend gives Vonn a lead of more than 100 points in the downhill standings, however she sits 196 points behind Riesch in the overall championship hunt.

Vonn is currently scheduled to race in the three four events in Are with an eye on narrowing the gap between Riesch and herself. The tour will then make stops in Italy, Czech Republic and Switzerland for the final three World Cup events.

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