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Lindsey Vonn wins world title

February 3, 2009 |  7:42 am

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the World Championships Super-G on Tuesday in Val d'Isère, France, with a time of 1 minute, 20.73 seconds. She screamed for joy when she saw the time.

Vonn finished 34/100ths of a second ahead of France's Marie Marchand-Arvier. It is Vonn's first gold medal in her three world meets.

"It's a pretty darn good feeling,'' Vonn said after the race. "It gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of these championships and the next Olympics.  I haven't had great results in the past two Olympic Games or world championships. I learned today I can do it under pressure.''

Her performance was more impressive on a difficult course with conditions that had deteriorated considerably by the time Vonn started (21st in the racing order). Three of the top five finishers were among the first five starters, and 16 of the 55 starters failed to finish.  Vonn, 25, who has entered all five events, next races in Friday's Super-Combined.

-- Philip Hersh

Photo: Lindsey Vonn of the United States, center, celebrates after winning the women's Super G competion at the Alpine World Ski Championship in Val d'Isère, France, on Tuesday. Marie Marchand-Arvier of France, left, was second, and Andrea Fischbacher of Austria took third. Credit: Helmut Fohringer / European Pressphoto Agency