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Lindsey Vonn seeks down downhill hat-trick in FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup

Lindsey Vonn goes in search of a third straight downhill victory when the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup visits Bad Kleinkirchheim on Saturday.

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The American started the downhill season with an eighth-placed finish at Lake Louise, but victory in the discipline's second race at the Canadian venue was followed by a win at Val d'Isere.

Those results have helped the 30-year-old to the top of the downhill leaderboard, with nearest rival Tina Maze 64 points adrift.

Vonn, who won six consecutive downhill titles between 2008 and 2013, is enjoying a renaissance in alpine skiing this season after enduring a miserable time with injuries in the past year - undergoing two knee operations and suffering a fractured shin.

The four-time overall World Cup champion may have a different problem to contend with this weekend, though, after posting on Twitter that her bags had been lost en route to the Austrian venue.

Providing Vonn's equipment turns up in time for the race she is sure to face stiff competition, with Maze - the overall World Cup leader - aiming to cut the gap in the quest for the downhill globe.

The Slovenian set the marker for the downhill campaign by winning the season opener at Lake Louise, but has subsequently had to settle for finishes of eighth and seventh.

Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg still has her eyes on the top downhill prize and her form has steadily improved as the season has progressed.

After starting the downhill campaign with a 10th-placed finish, she finishe fifth in Lake Louise before clinching a runners-up berth in Val d'Isere last time out.

Also in contention for the first downhill race of 2015 are the likes of Anna Fenninger, Julia Mancuso and Stacey Cook.

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