Poised to break downhill record, Vonn leads Cortina training

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) Poised to break the record for career downhill wins, Lindsey Vonn comfortably led the opening training session for a World Cup race in Cortina d'Ampezzo on Thursday.

Vonn clocked 1 minute, 39.12 seconds for a 0.60-second advantage ahead of overall World Cup leader Lara Gut.

Verena Stuffer of Italy was third, 0.70 back.

Vonn's American teammate Jacqueline Wiles had the second-fastest time but she missed several gates.

Another training session is scheduled for Friday before the downhill race Saturday and a super-G on Sunday.

Vonn is tied with Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell with 36 downhill wins. Last year in Cortina, Vonn broke Moser-Proell's record of overall wins with her 63rd victory.

Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria crashed while landing a jump and was slated to have surgery on her right knee.