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Lindsey Vonn swiftest in Aspen training run
Lindsey Vonn of the United States posted the fastest time in Thursday's World Cup training session in Aspen, Colo.

Lindsey Vonn swiftest in Aspen training run

Posted:Dec 06, 2007 9:27 PM ET

Last Updated:Dec 07, 2007 2:42 AM ET

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Lindsey Vonn skis downhill during Thursday's training run at Aspen. ((A. Trovati/Associated Press))

Lindsey Vonn of the United States posted the fastest time in Thursday's training session for this weekend's women's World Cup downhill in Aspen, Colo.

Vonn, nee Kildow, covered the Little Nell Run in one minute, 34.30 seconds.

"I skied the turns well, but I wasn't charging as much as I can, especially on the bottom," Vonn said. "I pretty much stood up the whole bottom section of the course.

"I was skiing mostly conservatively because of my almost-crash yesterday. There's definitely a good 20 or 30 per cent left to go."

Vonn told reporters that she tries to increase the intensity with each training run to peak by race time.

"I always do that," she said. "It is just the way I like to do it.

"If I ski perfectly in the first training runs, I never feel like I have anything to improve upon. ... otherwise, it's not as much fun and I lose focus."

Austria's Elisabeth Goergl placed second in 1:34.39, followed by Martina Schild of Switzerland in 1:34.70.

"This sets me up for my three best events, the giant slalom, the super-G and the downhill," Goergl said.

"I hope I can stay there at the front," said Schild, who won last week's super-G at Lake Louise, Alta.

With files from the Associated Press
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