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Lindsey Vonn completes Garmisch hat trick with 80th World Cup win

With the winter Olympics just days away, US ski sensation Lindsey Vonn claimed the 80th World Cup win of her career on Saturday as she won the downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen for a third straight year.

Lindsey Vonn clocked a time of 1 min 12.84sec, just 0.02 secs faster than overall World Cup downhill leader Sofia Goggia, while Austria's Cornelia Hütter finished third.

"It's a big number," said Vonn of her 80th victory. "I remember when I got my 50th win here, I never thought I would get close to Annemarie Moser-Proell's record [of 62 wins]. Now I am getting closer to Stenmark's. It's incredible. I am so thankful that I have gotten myself in a position to get these wins coming into the Olympics."

FIS Alpine Ski in Garmisch Partenkirchen Lindsey Vonn (Imago/GEPA pictures/T. Bachun)

Vonn's time was just good enough to claim victory by two thousandths of a second

The 33-year-old is now just six World Cup wins short of matching Ingemar Stenmark's all-time alpine record and will race again in Sunday's downhill race, the final tune-up before the Olympics open in Pyeongchang on Thursday.

jt/msh (AFP, dpa, Reuters)