American skier and onetime Vail resident Lindsey Vonn continued her rocket-fueled path to either Olympic glory or Bode-style choke by becoming the first American woman to win three straight World Cup victories in three days. (Germany's Katja Seizinger last pulled off the feat in 1997.)
She clinched the record by winning Sunday's World Cup super-G race in Haus im Ennstal, Austria, where she crushed the course in 1 minute 26.69 seconds to beat rival Anja Paerson of Sweden by 0.53 of a second. Her super-G win followed no-sweat downhill wins on Friday and Saturday.
The win was made even more impressive by the fact that Vonn bruised a bone in her left arm during a crash in a Dec. 28 slalom race. The injury made it tough for Vonn to make pole plants, but this win shouts down any notion that the wound could hurt her chances for Olympic gold.
"There was definitely a little bit more pressure today because everybody was wanting me to do the three in a row," Vonn said.
Atta girl, Vonn. Just keep it straight and narrow, maybe try not to race drunk, and you should be golden by February.
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