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Vonn sets American record with super-G victory

Lindsey Vonn won her 19th World Cup event on Sunday, setting a new mark for World Cup victories by an American skier.

Lindsey Vonn won the women's super-G World Cup event in Tarvisio, Italy, on Sunday, setting a new mark for World Cup victories by an American skier.

The win gives her 19, one more than the previous record held by Tamara McKinney. Vonn came close to setting the mark in the previous two days, finishing second in the super-combi on Friday and second again in the downhill on Saturday. 

"I was fighting all weekend for this and to finally get it on the last day is really special," Vonn said. "This is something I've been working my whole life for."

Vonn finished with a time of 1:21.72 on the Prampero course. It was .51 seconds faster than Fabienne Suter of Switzerland, who finished second. Tina Maze of Slovenia was third.

"It was a good weekend," Vonn said. "I got a lot of points for the overall."

The 24-year-old defending world champ increased her lead at the top of overall standings to 299 points over Maria Riesch, who sits in second.  

Vonn was racing with a specially designed splint on her right hand. She cut her thumb on a broken champagne bottle while celebrating her downhill and super-G wins during the world championships.

Kelly VanderBeek of Kitchener, Ont., was the top Canadian, finishing seventh.

"I'm quite happy with my result given that I made a little mistake at the top of the super-G course," she said. She was eighth in the downhill on Saturday.

Emily Brydon, of Fernie, B.C., finished in a tie for 12th.

"I had very good speed at the top of the course but then made a costly mistake near the finish," Brydon said. "It's disappointing because I probably could have been much closer."

Britt Janyk of Whistler, B.C., finished in 34th and Emilie Desforges of Montreal was 40th.

With files from the Associated Press

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