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Tenth season win for Vonn in Bansko

Lindsey Vonn from US clears a gate during the women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup Super-G race in Bansko February 26, 2012. – Reuters picLindsey Vonn from US clears a gate during the women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup Super-G race in Bansko February 26, 2012. – Reuters picBANSKO, Feb 26 – Lindsey Vonn made two enormous mistakes but still had enough strength and speed to snatch her 10th victory of the season in an Alpine Skiing World Cup Super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria today.

The American almost crashed on the upper part of the course, nearly slid out halfway down and was 0.6 seconds behind Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather at the last intermediate time check.

Despite the errors, she powered back to beat her young rival by 0.05 seconds at the finish.

It was the fifth podium this season for Weirather, 22, and offered further evidence that she might be a match for Vonn in the future.

Italy’s Daniela Merighetti, winner of her first World Cup race on home snow in Cortina d’Ampezzo last month, maintained her fine form to take third, 0.02 behind Weirather.

Thanks to the victory, Vonn made a giant step towards her third crystal globe of the season after dominating the downhill and super-combined World Cups.

With only one race left, the American holds a 94-point lead over Austria’s Anna Fenninger, the only skier still theoretically capable of beating her in the discipline. – Reuters