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LINDH TAKES FIRST IN DOWNHILL

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Hilary Lindh continued her assault on the World Cup circuit with a downhill victory Saturday.

Lindh, winner of the season's opening race in Vail, Colo., and second in Friday's downhill here, won in 1 minute, 39.90 seconds.Florence Masnada of France, who briefly quit downhill racing, finished second in 1:40.08. Switzerland's Heidi Zeller-Baehler improved her overall World Cup lead by finishing third in 1:40.40.

Americans finished one-two in Friday's downhill. Picabo Street of Sun Valley, Idaho, won her first World Cup downhill followed by Lindh, of Juneau, Alaska, who attended the Rowmark Ski Academy in Salt Lake City.

Unlike Street, who finished ninth Saturday, Lindh didn't regale the media with humorous stories about calling herself a dirtbag or drawing pictures in the snow with her on the podium.

"I try to stay away from that," said Lindh, 25. "If I find myself thinking about how the results are going to go, I have to try and correct myself and think about something else."

Lindh increased her World Cup downhill lead to 280 points, 34 more than defending champion Katja Seizinger, who was 10th Saturday. In the overall standings, Lindh has 284 points, second only to Zeller-Baehler's 365.

After winning the downhill silver medal at the 1992 Olympics, Lindh missed half the next season with a knee injury. She returned to win a race at Sierra Nevada, Spain, last season.

Lindh only shrugged when asked what she was going to do with the $16,500 in Canadian funds she won over the weekend.

"Get it changed, I guess."

The race was held on the 2.6-kilometer Mens Olympic Downhill course. A total of 41 gates were scattered over the course which has a vertical drop of 707 metrer.

A super-giant slalom is scheduled for Sunday.