Lindsey Vonn happy with results of World Cup opener

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 26, 2009 5:11 am

While it was Finland’s Tanja Poutianen who claimed first place in Saturday’s opening of the FIS Aud Alpine World Cup, Lindsey Vonn‘s ninth place finish in the Giant Slalom left her content. She said, “I’m just out there trying to do the best I can every day. In GS, all that’s important is that I get to the finish and I get some points and stay ahead of the right people. It’s in the speed disciplines that I go really fast and hopefully get some big points. I think I’ve made some progress with GS. You may not have seen it today, but I’m training well. I just need to get some more miles on the equipment. But I definitely haven’t lost anything. The equipment is working very well and if anything I think I’m skiing much better.”

Julia Mancuso finished 21st in the GS, and she claimed both lack of confidence and uncertainty about equipment led to that result: “I’m still a little confused on what skis to race on. I have some longer ones and some shorter ones. The first run was solid, not super fast – it was OK. But I felt a lot better going into the second run. I went out and had a good start. But, it’s tough to get confidence back after my season last year.”

Here are the top ten finishers of Saturday’s FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom:

1. Tanja Poutianen, Finland, 2:24.96
2. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 2:24.97
3. Denise Karbon, Italy, 2:25.28
4. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 2:25.80
5. Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Sweden, 2:25.84
6. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 2:25.91
7. Kathrin Hoelzl, Germany, 2:26.16
8. Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany, 2:26.28
9. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 2:26.35
10. Camilla Alfieri, Italy, 2:26.43