Goergl wins women's downhill ahead of Vonn, Riesch

ERIC WILLEMSEN - Associated Press
Austria's Elisabeth Goergl celebrates with the Austrian flag after winning the gold medal in the women's downhill, at the Alpine World Skiing Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Austria's Elisabeth Goergl celebrates with the Austrian flag after winning the gold medal in the women's downhill, at the Alpine World Skiing Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011.

Elisabeth Goergl of Austria has won the women's downhill at the world championships, beating favorites Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch to earn her second gold medal of competition.

Goergl skied the 1.8-mile Kandahar course in 1 minute, 47.24 seconds Sunday to lead Vonn by 0.44 and Riesch by 0.60.

It was the first women's top-level downhill race in two years not won by either Vonn or Riesch.

Goergl also won Tuesday's super-G.