Lindsey Vonn, flanked by Stacey Cook, left, and Julia Mancuso on the podium after the Lake Louise downhill // photo Getty Images

Lindsey Vonn, flanked by Stacey Cook, left, and Julia Mancuso on the podium after the Lake Louise downhill // photo Getty Images

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Second race back: Lindsey Vonn wins

Lindsey Vonn won Saturday. Improbably, maybe, but only if you don’t know Lindsey Vonn, who is as mentally tough as they come.

That she won is good — obviously — for her. Better, it’s good for the U.S. team, for alpine skiing and for Olympic sports, because the Olympic world needs stars and Lindsey Vonn is a big star, arguably the biggest in all of winter sports, even though she didn’t even ski at the Sochi Olympics.

Jackie Wiles after Saturday's sparkling downhill training run

Jackie Wiles after Saturday's sparkling downhill training run

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Jackie Wiles: downhill fun

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — When she got to the bottom of the run Saturday, after a time that would land her in fourth place in the third training run for Wednesday’s women’s Olympic downhill, Jackie Wiles, the 21-year-old newcomer on the team, found herself ushered along through the pen where the athletes talk to reporters and TV types, and there, hanging out with the press, was, well, Picabo.

Some people might be all, like, OMG — that’s Picabo Street, maybe the greatest power and speed skier of all time.

Laurenne Ross celebrates her second-place finish on the famed Kandahar course with her U.S. teammates and coaches // 
photo Mitchell Gunn/ESPA, courtesy U.S. Ski Team

Laurenne Ross celebrates her second-place finish on the famed Kandahar course with her U.S. teammates and coaches // photo Mitchell Gunn/ESPA, courtesy U.S. Ski Team

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Laurenne Ross makes it 6-for-6

The U.S. women’s ski team is so deep that three weeks ago coaches had to make a difficult choice about who to leave off the start list for the downhill at the world championships in Schladming, Austria.

Ultimately, they decided, reluctantly, that Laurenne Ross would be the one who wouldn’t go.

Leanne Smith and Lindsey Vonn celebrate after finishing third and first in Saturday's World Cup downhill in the beautiful Italian mountains // photo Doug Haney, U.S. Ski Team

Leanne Smith and Lindsey Vonn celebrate after finishing third and first in Saturday's World Cup downhill in the beautiful Italian mountains // photo Doug Haney, U.S. Ski Team

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Sorry: Justin Bieber not the secret

Last summer, before dominating the London Games, the U.S. swim team memorably made a just-for-fun video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

This winter, the U.S. women’s ski team is on a killer roll, underscored by yet another memorable performance Saturday, when Lindsey Vonn won the downhill at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, with Leanne Smith third.

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Vonn throws Lake Louise three-peat times two

Lindsey Vonn made it three-for-three on a snowy Sunday in Lake Louise, Canada, winning the super-G, a World Cup victory that capped a spectacular weekend for her individually and, for that matter, the U.S. women’s team.

Vonn — just as she did last year — won all three races in Lake Louise. She won downhills Friday and Saturday. And then she won the super-G Sunday in 1:22.82.