Vonn, of Vail. Colo., covered the 1.75-mile Olympia delle Tofane course at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, in 1 minute 36.70 seconds, 0.83 of a second ahead of Swedish star Anja Paerson.
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Skiing: An item in Newswire in Sunday's Sports section said that Didier Cuche of Sweden won a World Cup downhill race at Kitzbuehel, Austria. Cuche is from Switzerland. —
"I've won by more, but I've never won in Cortina before," said Vonn, who registered her fourth victory of the season and 11th in her career.
"This is one of the great classics of the World Cup tour. It's just one of those races that's important to win in your career."
Emily Brydon finished third, 1.20 seconds behind Vonn, and Brydon's Canadian teammate Kelly Vanderbeek was fourth.
The victory solidified Vonn's lead in the downhill standings. She has won three of the five downhills this season and has 430 points. Britt Janyk of Canada, who finished sixth, is second with 264 points.
Didier Cuche of Sweden won a World Cup downhill race at Kitzbuehel, Austria, and became the new overall points leader. He won in 1 minute 52.75 seconds for his fourth downhill win and eighth overall.
Bode Miller of Bretton Woods, N.H., who had a strong finish after losing time in the upper part of the course, tied for second with Mario Scheiber of Austria. They trailed Cuche by 0.27 of a second.
The race was stopped for half an hour after Scott Macartney of Crystal Mountain, Wash., the second skier, lost his balance at the final jump and smashed his head on the snow while going 88 mph.
Macartney briefly lost consciousness and organizers said he had a brain contusion, though no surgery would be needed.
United, Arsenal share Premier League lead
Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo scored late goals for Manchester United, which stayed at the top of the English Premier League standings with a 2-0 victory over Reading.
Arsenal kept pace with the Red Devils with a 3-0 win at London rival Fulham behind two goals from Emmanuel Adebayor. Both teams have 54 points, with United ahead on goal difference. Chelsea stayed three points behind the leaders with a 1-0 win at Birmingham.
Robinson helps West defeat East, 31-13
Kevin Robinson of Utah State returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass to help the West defeat the East, 31-13, in the 83rd East-West Shrine Game at Houston.