American ski superstar Lindsey Vonn won the 20th downhill race of her career here on Saturday by taking the women’s World Cup race.
The 26-year-old Olympic champion – claiming her 37th World Cup success – beat home Swedish veteran Anja Paerson by 43hundreths of a second while Austrian Anna Fenninger grabbed her first ever podium finish in the discipline as she timed 98hundreths of a second adrift.
Vonn said that she had won despite a narrow escape from crashing out.
“I made a small mistake which was perhaps because of the snow, it was very wet, and all of a sudden I was almost in the netting,” she said.
“At that point I said to myself that if I got through the next few corners I am going to maintain my speed to the finish.
“I did not think that it was finished at that moment, I thought if I was quick over the rest of the course, there was still a chance of winning.”