Lindsey Vonn of the United States won a World Cup super-combined race Saturday after nearly crashing during a jump in the downhill leg.
Vonn, lying fourth after she rode her luck on the downhill run, put in the third fastest slalom time for an overall 2 minutes 40.53 seconds. She benefited from a mishap from her friend and rival Maria Riesch to capture the women's World Cup super-combined in Zauchensee, Austria on Saturday
Vonn consoled her friend Riesch who was in tears after a mistake cost her chance of victory.
I know the hurt Maria is feeling. It was a good day for me but not perfect because Maria was not on the podium.
My joy is of course tarnished by the fact that Maria crashed but this puts me back in the saddle for the World Cup standings, even though it's too early to talk about it
Now I must stay focused, because I had a bad crash on this course a couple of years back and it's been six weeks since our last downhill, Vonn added
It's a very long time.
Vonn had lost an almost certain slalom victory in Zagreb earlier this month in similar fashion.
It was Vonn's third World Cup win of the season and the 16th of her career to close the gap on Germany's Riesch in the overall standings.