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Vonn claims rivalry doesn’t effect friendship with Riesch

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — Lindsey Vonn would like to set the record straight on her friendship and rivalry with Maria Riesch before their showdown at the world championships in Riesch’s hometown. “We are just as good friends as ever. This year is no different from others,” Vonn told the Associated Press a few days before the start of the championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Vonn hopes to see podium under the lights

FLACHAU, Austria – Lindsey Vonn is hoping the lights will improve her slalom performance at a women’s World Cup event tonight. The three-time overall champion failed to finish her opening run in three straight races and hasn’t been on a podium in more than a year since placing second in Levi, Finland, in November 2009.

In brief: Ligety wins third straight giant slalom

Skiing: Ted Ligety extended his domination in World Cup giant slaloms Sunday in Alta Badia, Italy, winning his third straight race to take the lead in the overall standings. The American was second after the opening run behind Cyprien Richard, but the Frenchman lost time on the lower part of his afternoon run down the steep and icy Gran Risa course.

Lindsey Vonn continues to roll

HAUS IM ENNSTAL, Austria – American Lindsey Vonn won her fourth straight World Cup downhill Saturday and second in two days, overcoming poor visibility because of increasing snowfall. She sped down the shortened Krummholz course in 1 minute, 9.12 seconds to beat Nadja Kamer of Switzerland by 0.14 seconds and extend her lead in the overall standings. Ingrid Jacquemod of France was another 0.02 back in third.

Worlds great for Vonn, bad for Bode

VAL D’ISERE, France – Gold medals, parties, injuries, crashes. That’s what these world championships were all about for Lindsey Vonn, the American ski star who won two golds, needed surgery for a thumb injury caused by a broken champagne bottle, missed her next race, and then fell in her final one while wearing a splint to protect her thumb.