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Vonn inches closer to Moser-Proll

In photo: Lindsey Vonn, center, of the United States, celebrates her victory with teammate and second-place finisher Julia Mancuso, left, and third-place finisher Anna Fenninger of Austria following the women's World Cup Super G ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta on Dec. 2.

Lindsey Vonn, the US Ski Team phenom, won three World Cup races over the weekend at Lake Louise, Alberta. This would be exceptional under any circumstances but coming just three weeks after she was hospitalized with an intestinal disorder, it was a remarkable performance. With the victories, Vonn passed Switzerland's Vreni Schneider for second on the all-time women's World Cup wins list with 56. The leader, former Austrian star Annemarie Moser-Proll, won 62.

Vonn who dominates the speed events, has six more downhill and seven Super G opportunities on the World Cup circuit this winter. Her next start will be in a week at St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she won the downhill race last season by 1.5 seconds.

On the men's side of the World Cup, veteran Ted Ligety won another giant slalom event after a fourth-place finish in the Super G race at Beaver Creek. It wasn't such a good weekend for Lake Placid's Andrew Weibrecht, the bronze medalist at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. After a fast start, he didn't make it to the finish and now gets to rest back home for a week before heading off to the World Cup circuit in Europe.

It was better news for Tommy Biesemeyer from Keene, who finished a solid 18th in Beaver Creek. The 23-year-old Biesemeyer is in his first full year of World Cup competition. He was the overall NorAm series winner in 2011. Like Weibrecht, he is a product of the New York Ski Educational Foundation program headquartered at Whiteface Mountain.

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