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Gisin takes second downhill victory

Switzerland's Dominique Gisin has won her second World Cup downhill race in as many weeks after finishing ahead of Lindsey Vonn of the United States at Cortina, Italy.

Gisin finished the course at the Tofane piste in the Italian Alps on Saturday morning with a time of 1:16.98 while Switzerland's Nadia Styger tied for seventh place, 0.43 seconds behind her teammate.

Sweden's Anja Pärson, who shared the top spot on the podium with Gisin last week in Zauchensee, Austria, finished third, 0.17 seconds back.

The 23-year-old Gisin's performance marked the first back-to-back set of downhill victories for Switzerland since Heidi Zurbriggen won two races in a row during the 1996-97 season.

Gisin, who started the race in ninth position, performed particularly well in the lower section of the course.

Saturday's race came after fog and heavy snowfalls forced organisers to cancel three days of training sessions.


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