Vonn skis for 3rd crystal globe in 3 days

Lindsey Vonn clinched her third discipline title in three days with a super-G victory Sunday to wrap up a memorable weekend of racing.

Vonn took the super-combined and downhill titles the past two days and has moved within 96 points of German rival and good friend Maria Riesch in the overall standings with six races remaining this season.

“It was a great weekend for me,” Vonn said. “I was most happy about the super-combined title — it’s been a really tough season for me in slalom and to finally put a slalom run down that was right in there with all the other girls made me really happy.

“But I wanted to try to end the weekend with a win and I’m really happy that I was able to do that,” added Vonn, who placed second Friday and Saturday.

Vonn holds an insurmountable 171-point lead over Riesch in the super-G standings with only one race remaining in the discipline this season.

Vonn clocked 1 minute, 21.75 seconds down the sun-drenched Prampero course. Fellow American Julia Mancuso was second, 0.23 behind, and Riesch was third, 0.50 back.

In a banner day for the Americans, World Cup rookie Laurenne Ross was fourth, 0.70 behind, for her career-best result.

The last time U.S. women took three of the first four spots was on Jan. 14, 2007, in a super-combined race in Zauchensee, Austria, with Mancuso first, Vonn second and Resi Stiegler fourth.

Canada’s Britt Janyk was 24th.

It was the 41st World Cup victory of Vonn’s career, moving her within one win of fourth on the all-time list behind Sweden’s Anja Paerson, who finished fifth Sunday to follow up her downhill victory a day earlier.

Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell is tops on the women’s career list with 62 wins, Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider has 55 and Austria’s Renate Goetschl 46.

The women’s circuit now travels to Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, for giant slalom and slalom races next weekend, the last stop before the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland March 16-20.