LIndsey Vonn takes another podium in Val d’Isere

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 20, 2009 9:53 am

Lindsey Vonn again took Val d’Isere by storm with a third place finish in the Super G. The Vail skier won the super combined just two days ago and is now 50 points ahead of Germany’s Maria Riesch in the Audi FIS overall World Cup standings. The first lady of skiing has now won a World Cup medal in every discipline but giant slalom this season.

Even though Vonn made the podium, she was disappointed with her performance. “I thought I didn’t execute very well in the top part of the course. I missed the timing on one gate and I feel like I lost the rhythm for the rest of the top,” Vonn said. “I wasn’t as aggressive as I should have been, but I picked it up on the bottom and all in all I’m happy with the day. It was a solid result and a good end to a good weekend.”

2006 Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso also had a solid day, finishing 15th. ”Julia skied pretty good. She had a little bobble at the bottom where a bunch of girls had problems. She got a little bit in the back seat and was pushed low on the line,” U.S. Women’s Head Coach Jim Tracy said. “Three or four tenths would have put her in a lot better of a position.”

Colorado native Alice Mckennis was 22nd, scoring points at only her fifth career World Cup. Mammoth skier Stacey Cook was ripping the course according to coach Tracy, but went out. ”Alice and Stacey both skied really aggressive and fast at the top. Their top splits were definitely fast. Stacey was going a little too fast, but Alice let it rip and was fast at the bottom,” Tracy said.

The women’s Alpine Team now breaks for the holidays but picks up again Dec. 28-29 in Austria for slalom and giant slalom races.

Val d’Isere, France – Dec. 20, 2009
Women’s Super G

1. Fraenzi Aufdenblatten, Switzerland, 1:26.43
2. Nadia Styger, Switzerland, 1:26.66
3. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:26.69
4. Fabienne Suter, Switzerland, 1:27.33
5. Nadia Fanchini, Italy, 1:27.45
15. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:27.96
22. Alice McKennis, Glenwood Springs, CO, 1:28.46
38. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:29.38