Vonn closes in on downhill globe after Garmisch-Partenkirchen triumph


Lindsey Vonn's domination of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill continued in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday as she trounced her rivals to claim a fifth win.

The downhill leader was in complete control at the German resort, immediately taking two-tenths out of Fabienne Suter and her advantage only grew, Vonn finishing 1.51 seconds clear of the Swiss.

Vonn's aggressive style and tight lines saw her glide serenely down the 2,740-metre piste, the American showing no fear on the testing course to stop the clock in one minute 40.80secs.

It marked the 31-year-old's 38th career triumph in downhill and a ninth success of the season across all disciplines.

With three downhill races remaining in the season, Vonn is now 172 points clear of Larisa Yurkiw, who came fourth.

Her American team-mate Laurenne Ross (+1.97secs) set the early pace and held off the challenge of Tina Weirather (+1.99secs), but young Canadian Yurkiw topped that.

Yurkiw's time at the summit of the leaderboard was short-lived, though, as first Suter (+1.51secs) and then Viktoria Rebensburg (+1.57secs) went ahead of her to claim podium places.

Lara Gut (+2.86secs) - the only other racer to have won a downhill event this season - was on course to challenge for the top three until she caught an edge and ran wide, while Elisabeth Goergl (+2.61secs) suffered a similar fate.

Vonn's victory sees her become the first woman to win multiple downhill races in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and extends her overall lead to 125 over Gut.