Lindsey Vonn was fastest in the downhill section of the women’s super-combined event at Tarviso in Italy.
The downhill and super-G world champion finished in a time 1:31:22, with Maria Riesch second, just 76/100 behind, while Nadja Kamer of Switzerland edged out compatriot Dominique Gisin for third, 88/100 further back.
The American has collected 1,114 points to 935 for Riesch in the overall World Cup standings as well as a slender 14-point advantage over Gisin in the World Cup downhill standings as the season reaches its final stages.
Perfect, bright conditions greeted the racers as they took to the long, sweeping Pampero course and Vonn chased down Gisin’s early leading time of 1:32:48 with plenty of gusto.
The 24-year-old was certainly showing no ill-effects of an injury to her thumb which she sliced open on a broken champagne bottle at the World Championships earlier in the month - and now needs just one win to break Tamara McKinney's U.S. women's record of 18 World Cup victories.
Anja Paerson, who is third in the overall World Cup standings and has her sights set on the super-combined crystal globe, came fifth in 1:32:57 while Gina Stechert of Germany was sixth, some 1.46 off the leading pace.
The slalom will complete the super-combined event on Friday at 14.30 CET.