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World Cup skiing | Vonn sweeps weekend in Lake Louise

U.S. Ski Team and Sun Staff report

Malcolm Carmichael / Alpine CanadaJulia Mancuso rockets to a third-place finish in the womenand#8217;s super G at Lake Louise.

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta and#8212; Lindsey Vonn completed a historic clean sweep in Lake Louise on Sunday, winning the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G podium to give her three consecutive wins in as many days.

Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley finished third in the super G and#8212; her second third-place finish of the season and#8212; while Truckee native Stacey Cook was ninth in Saturdayand#8217;s downhill and 18th in Fridayand#8217;s downhill.

But the weekend belonged to Vonn, who notched her 45th career World Cup win and 11th victory in Lake Louise. Following a season-opening giant slalom victory in Soelden, Austria, a pair of downhill victories Friday and Saturday and Sundayand#8217;s super G win, Vonn now has four victories in the five races sheand#8217;s started this season.

and#8220;To have three wins this weekend is more than I ever could have expected,and#8221; said Vonn, who won the super G with a combined time of 1:20.21. and#8220;Iand#8217;m just so thankful to have the support of my teammates and everyone on the World Cup.

and#8220;Ski racing is what I love to do. Skiing today and this whole weekend I had a huge smile on my face.and#8221;

Anna Fenninger of Austria finished runner-up in the super G in a time of 1:20.40 as Mancuso rounded out the podium in 1:20.92.

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and#8220;I had a lot of room to improve in my downhill results, so there was nothing to lose,and#8221; said Mancuso, who placed 16th and 23rd in the two downhills. and#8220;I just wasnand#8217;t feeling very comfortable here. Itand#8217;s sometimes hard to get into the rhythm getting back into the downhill races and trying new equipment and dealing with bad luck conditions I just made some bad decisions and learned the hard way.and#8221;

Vonn dominated both downhills, winning Saturdayand#8217;s race by a 1.68-second margin and Fridayand#8217;s by 1.95 seconds and#8212; both career-best margins of victory. She posted a winning time of 1:51.35 to Marie Marchand-Arvierand#8217;s 1:53.03 on Saturday and a 1:53.19 to Tina Weiratherand#8217;s 1:55.14 on Friday.

Cook was ninth on Saturday in 1:53.53 and Mancuso 23rd in 1:54.55 as five Americans landed in the top 30. On Saturday, five Americans again recorded top-30 finishes, with Mancuso in 16th in 1:55.91 and Cook 18th in 1:56.00.

The womenand#8217;s alpine tour now moves to Beaver Creek, Colo., for a super G on Wednesday. It will be the first womenand#8217;s World Cup race to be held in Beaver Creek.

and#8220;The hill looks really challenging so I think it will be a lot of fun,and#8221; Mancuso said of the Beaver Creek venue. and#8220;Watching the menand#8217;s race, it was very turny, steep and always moving and#8212; and thatand#8217;s the kind of hill I like.and#8221;