Dominant Vonn looking for improvement before Games

By Julien Pretot

VAL D'ISERE, France (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn confirmed she will be the speed events' favorite at the Winter Olympics with morale-boosting results at the weekend although she conceded there is still room for improvement before the Vancouver extravaganza.

The American snatched a super-combined win on Friday thanks to a splendid downhill before taking the super-G standings lead when claiming third place in Sunday's race.

She was deprived of her third straight downhill victory after Saturday's event was called off because of bad weather but she still emerged from the weekend top of the overall standings.

"I was really disappointed about yesterday, I feel really comfortable on this course and obviously the downhill in the super-combined went really well," Vonn, the super-G and downhill world champion, told reporters after Sunday's race.

"Every race is important, especially for the overall and for myself for building confidence for Vancouver," added Vonn, still chasing a first Olympic medal.

"When she skis that well, no one can beat her," German Maria Riesch, 50 points behind Vonn in the overall World Cup standings, said after Friday's super-combined.

"She is a bit annoying -- she is just flying," said France's Marie Marchand-Arvier, who came second to Vonn in the world championships super-G earlier this year.

There is no chance, however, that Vonn, who claimed the overall World Cup last season, will take anything for granted.

Her super-G results came as a reminder that the competition will be fierce.

"I said after the super-combined that the girls were hungry," the 25-year-old said.

"It definitely makes me look for more time (before Vancouver). I will look at the video and see where I can improve. There is always room for improvement, especially in super-G," she said.

"It's a difficult discipline, you've got to execute on your (course) inspection and I did not execute the way I should have. Hopefully the next race will be better but I'm very happy with my place."

She will have the chance to do better on January 9-10, when the women travel to Austria for a downhill and a super-G.

(Editing by Dave Thompson)