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Suter takes World Cup downhill in Bulgaria; Vonn ties for third

Fabienne Suter of Switzerland won a World Cup downhill Friday in Bulgaria, and overall leader Lindsay Vonn of the United States tied for third place.
Switzerland's Fabienne Suter competes in the women's downhill event of the skiing World cup in Bansko, Bulgaria. ((Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images))

Fabienne Suter of Switzerland won a World Cup downhill Friday in Bansko, Bulgaria, and overall leader Lindsey Vonn of the United States tied for third.

Suter won the race in one minute, 45.68 seconds. Andrea Fischbacher of Austria was 1.15 seconds behind and Vonn tied with Nadia Fanchini of Italy, 1.24 back.

"I felt great after training but I was nervous — of course it's fantastic to win," Suter said. "It was a very bumpy course and it was tough with the flat light. But it was really exciting to go for it. The course really suits me with its narrow gates."

Vonn extended her lead in the overall standings to 346 points over Maria Riesch of Germany. She also leads the downhill standings by 118 points.

The 24-year-old American, who crashed in Thursday's training and is still nursing a thumb injury, said she was happy with third place.

"I was a little bit nervous today because of my crash yesterday. It was a tough fall. My back and behind are a little bit sore," Vonn said. "I just tried to fight. It wasn't my best run for sure. I'm happy with third place. And those are important points for the overall (standings). I will try and be faster tomorrow."

Another downhill is scheduled for Saturday, with a super-G on Sunday.

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