February 02, 2015

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) American skier Stacey Cook clocked the fastest time in a windy downhill training session at the world championships Monday with teammate Lindsey Vonn not that far behind.

Cook finished in 1 minute, 48.16 seconds despite blowing snow, 0.09 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Lara Gut and Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel, who tied for second. Vonn was tied for fourth, 0.62 seconds back, but stood up after the final jump and cruised into the finish area.

It was an important performance for Cook because she's vying with three other teammates for two remaining spots on the U.S. downhill team. Vonn and Julia Mancuso are already in.

The event was delayed three hours as workers removed snow on the course.

Vonn will be one of the favorites for the super-G on Tuesday.

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