Lindsey Vonn Wins 1st Post-Olympics Race
US skier extends lead in World Cup standings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 6, 2010 5:45 AM CST
Lindsey Vonn, of the US, speeds down the course to set the third fastest time during practice for an alpine ski, Women's World Cup downhill, in Crans Montana, Switzerland, Thursday, March 4, 2010.    (MARCO TROVATI)
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(Newser) – Lindsey Vonn secured a narrow victory in a World Cup downhill today, her first competition since the Vancouver Olympics. Vonn finished the Nationale course in 1 minute, 35.26 seconds, a mere 0.01 seconds ahead of Italy's Johanna Scharf. Marianne Abderhalden of Switzerland was third, 0.38 seconds behind Vonn.

Vonn, whose only gold at the Olympics came in the downhill, extended her lead in the overall World Cup standings to 197 points ahead of Germany's Maria Riesch, who was sixth. It was Vonn's sixth win in seven World Cup downhill races this season. She is now tied with Bode Miller for the most career World Cup victories by an American—32.