Vonn wins first race since concussion

ARE, Sweden — Lindsey Vonn showed she is back to her best by winning a downhill race Saturday, three weeks after a concussion curtailed her world championships. This marked the 40th World Cup victory of her career, extending her American record for men and women.

Vonn finished in 1 minute, 40.93 seconds for her seventh victory this season. She was followed by Tina Maze of Slovenia, who trailed by 0.13 seconds, and World Cup leader Maria Riesch of Germany.

"It's still hard to believe I have 40 victories," the 26-year-old Vonn said. "It's a big number, so I'm incredibly happy. I feel lucky that I'm able to do what I love every day."

Vonn withdrew from the late stages of the world championships on Feb. 14 because of the lingering effects of a concussion. Vonn crashed during training on Feb. 2 in Austria.

She finished sixth in the super-combined event on Friday in her first race since the worlds.

Vonn was 0.04 behind Maze on her second time split, but accelerated strongly in the middle section and made a clean jump into the bottom slope. She clenched her fist and threw her head back as she crossed the finish line at the Swedish resort.

Vonn passed a series of concussion protocol exams each day during worlds, but the defending World Cup overall champion drew criticism for competing so soon after a head injury while still reporting symptoms.

Vonn leads by more than 100 points in the downhill standings, but trails Riesch by 176 in the overall race.

It was Vonn's third downhill win this season after Val d'Isere, France, and Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria.

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