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Vonn, Ligety notch victories

Lindsey Vonn moved back to the top of the World Cup standings Sunday with another dominant performance in Val d'Isere, France, winning a super-combined race the day after a masterful downhill.

Vonn had the fastest time in the super-G in the morning and followed it up with an assured slalom run in the afternoon.

The victory gave Vonn 581 points in the overall standings, three more than rival Maria Riesch of Germany. Austria's Elisabeth Goergl is far behind in third with 366.

"This weekend helps with the points, [but] it's a long season, there's a lot of races left to go," Vonn said. "I'm not really looking at the points right now."

The three-time defending overall champion captured her third win this season, all in different disciplines. She won a downhill on Saturday after a super-G victory over Riesch at Lake Louise, Alberta, this month.

"I was really happy with this weekend, it couldn't have gone any better," Vonn said. "I just haven't trained very much slalom since the races in Aspen, so I felt confident, but I wasn't exactly sure how it would go. I was definitely very nervous at the start."

It was a good day for American skiers, with Ted Ligety winning his third straight giant slalom race at Alta Badia in Italy to take the lead in the men's overall standings.

The American was second after the opening run behind Cyprien Richard, who finished second, but the Frenchman lost time on the lower part of his afternoon run down the steep and icy Gran Risa course.

"I'm so happy," Ligety said. "I knew I could make it up on a hill like this. I definitely had a lot of confidence after winning the last two races by large amounts."

Ligety's eighth career World Cup victory, all in his specialist event, was his first win at Alta Badia.


Holcomb's four-man wins

Steve Holcomb picked the perfect time to send a message.

Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steven Langton and Curt Tomasevicz dominated the World Cup four-man bobsled race at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, beating three-sled teams from Germany and Russia. The victory moved Holcomb into second in the four-man and combined WC standings behind Manuel Machata of Germany. And Holcomb did it nursing a hamstring injury on a frigid Adirondack Mountain morning.

"It feels pretty good, especially the way the last two weeks have gone," said Holcomb, who won the season opener at Whistler, then finished fifth at Calgary and sixth at Park City a week ago. "It was nice to come back today and actually put a full day of racing together.

Holcomb finished the two-heat race in 1 minute, 48.01 seconds to beat Maximilian Arndt of Germany by 0.58 seconds. Lyndon Rush of Canada won the bronze.

From News and wire service reports.

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