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Vancouver course given thumbs up

By  Unsigned,   Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Some of the world's top ski racers have given the women's downhill course for the 2010 Winter Olympics the thumbs up.

A number of the sport's big names took part in a training run on the Vancouver 2010 course on Tuesday ahead of this weekend's World Cup event in Whistler, reports Reuters.

Former World Cup winner Renate Goetschl described the course as "special" and Turin 2006 bronze medallist Anja Paerson decreed it worthy of being the Olympic course.

Lindsey Vonn, current leader of both the combined and downhill World Cup competitions, was also fulsome in her praise of the course, but went a step further than her rivals by predicting she would excel on it.

"I think it will suit me pretty well, you never know what could happen in two years, but … hopefully it stays the same for the Olympics," Vonn said.

Should Vonn be proved right and triumph in Vancouver in 2010 she will become the first American to clinch Olympic gold in the women's downhill.