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At World Cup, Riesch beats Lindsey Vonn at her own game

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(Read caption) US skier Lindsey Vonn, right, is flanked by Germany’s Maria Riesch as she holds up the trophy of the Women's World Cup downhill discipline title, in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday. Riesch won the event as Vonn clinched the Women's World Cup downhill title.

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Germany’s Maria Riesch continues to edge out US skier Lindsey Vonn for women's skiing supremacy, first at the Vancouver Olympics and now at the World Cup.

Riesch won two gold medals last month at the 2010 Olympics to Vonn's single gold. And today Riesch beat Vonn in her favored event.

Riesch excels in the slower, technical events (slalom and giant slalom) whereas Vonn finds her stride in the faster speed events (downhill and super-G, in which she won gold and bronze medals at Vancouver).

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But now, Riesch is beating Vonn the downhill, too. Riesch may not just be the world’s best all-around skier: her win today hints she may soon be the world’s best skier. In every event.

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