American alpine racer Lindsey Vonn clinched three World Cup titles with a stellar performance at races this past weekend in Tarvisio, Italy.
Vonn won the Downhill, Super-G, and Combined titles in an outstanding weekend of superb skiing.
Vonn had taken herself out of the World Championships last month to recover from a concussion and get her focus back. Evidently it worked.
"I knew that if I could get my head to be free of any symptoms that I could ski the way I know that I can ski," Vonn told the Associated Press after her performance in Tarvisio. "It was just a matter of being able to focus and concentrate that was slowing me down. That time off was what has enabled me to ski the way I am now. I'm really thankful that we had the foresight to do that, and that I had support from my doctors, my coaches and my husband. That's what really has gotten me through this ordeal."
The Olympic gold medalist also is closing the gap between herself and German racer Maria Riesch, who is the overall World Cup leader with 1,676 points to Vonn's 1,580.
Six races remain in the season. The women's circuit heads to Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, for GS and slalom races March March 11-12, and then to Lenzerheide, Switzerland, for World Cup finals March 16-20.
"I can't lose any more points to (Riesch) the rest of the season if I want to win the (overall) title, and that's going to be really tough to do, but it's still possible," Vonn told the AP.