American wins gold in women’s downhill

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(CNN) — Lindsey Vonn of the United States lived up to her billing as the golden girl of the Winter Olympics with a dominant victory in the women’s downhill at Whistler Creek on Wednesday.

Vonn had been troubled by a shin injury in the build-up to the Games in Vancouver but showed no ill effects with a blistering run of one minute 44.19 seconds to win her first Olympic medal of any color.

The Minnesotan, the reigning world champion in the discipline and totally dominant on the World Cup circuit in the build-up to Games, decimated the time set by fellow American Julia Mancuso by over half a second from start number 16.

“I dreamed about what this would feel like but it is much better in real life,” said the 25-year-old.

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