Lindsey Vonn Back on Top of World Cup Standings After Big Weeekend

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on January 18, 2009 12:00 pm

It was a weekend for Lindsey Vonn that almost wasn’t.  Two important races in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee*, Austria with a chance for Vonn to move back on top of the World Cup standings, after dropping to third.  The speedometer on the event-schedule dashboard has been ratcheted up with a flurry of speed races coming.  The first race of the weekend was the super-combined (one downhill run + one slalom run).  On the very first run of the first race of the weekend, Vonn nearly crashed after overshooting the Hot Air Jump by about 30 feet. "It was tough. I was a little bit on my left ski and my body got twisted. I landed pretty much on my hip and I lost all my speed in the flats," Vonn said.  Still Von was able to make up time near the bottom of the course and set herself up for the win after posting the third fastest time on the slalom run. "The course for the slalom was a little bit chopped up so I knew I couldn’t go in a straight line and I had to be a little bit cautious. But I kept fighting and it paid off."  Paid off not in cash, but in much needed points.  It was Vonn’s third victory this season on the World Cup.

On Sunday, it was time for the downhill.  Lindsey Vonn time.  After nearly crashing on the Hot Air Jump, understandably Vonn skied the same jump this time a bit more cautiously.  The margin of error in ski racing is razor thin, and a sliver too much caution cost Vonn the race.  "I know that I was a little bit conservative going over the first jump. Because of what happened yesterday I didn’t trust myself enough," Vonn said. "Considering everything, I was only one tenth out, so that’s not so bad. It was a good day all in all."

Indeed it was a good day and a good weekend because of Vonn’s recovery on the first run of the first race.  Vonn’s third on Sunday in the downhill added to her points from winning the super-combined vault her back on top of the overall standings, 11 points ahead of Maria Reisch.

The women now head to Cortina for four races, including two downhills, beginning this Thursday.

*Some Wikipedia knowledge on Altenmarkt- Zauchensee.  The ski resort is "part of a network of 28 ski areas and towns that combined, make up the largest ski area in Europe."  Let’s see you pull that off, Ski Utah!

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