Bruises don’t stop Lindsey Vonn from winning yet another downhill race

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 8, 2010 7:51 am

The woman is a machine. Lindsey Vonn, toted as the “Michael Phelps of skiing“, won today’s downhill World Cup race in Haus im Ennstal, Austria. This means she has won every downhill race this season. Not only did she win today, she did it with a bruised left arm. A very painful bruised left arm. “It hurt, but thankfully the start is only five or 10 seconds of the course. After that I was able to concentrate on my run and not be thinking about my arm too much,” Vonn said. “I’m just thankful that it doesn’t hurt as bad in downhill as it did in slalom. Hopefully the self confidence will transfer over into the technical events, too.”

Folks, do you realize Lindsey has been on every downhill podium since February 2008 (except last season’s Bansko race)? Come on! Ridiculous!

“I needed this win today to get my confidence back on track and to feel like I could ski well again.” Lindsey proved she can easily bounce back from a couple bad outings–injuring the arm in the Lienz GS on December 28th and then skiing in pain during the Lienz and Zagreb slaloms.

The conditions were much better today in Haus im Ennstal than during yesterday’s training. Some racers came in with times up to five seconds faster. “The problem yesterday was that I went in a complete snowstorm,” Vonn said. “Today was a totally different track. Everything feels different. All the jumps are farther, all the turns are faster and everything feels different when you have more speed. It was a little bit shocking on some of the turns … how fast they were today.”

Rounding out the podium were Sweden’s Anja Paerson and Germany’s Maria Riesch (having a great season). Here’s Maria: “This course is not so difficult, but it’s difficult to be fast. You need to take speed everywhere, wherever you can. Every little mistake is costing lots of time, so it’s hard to make the run without mistakes and with good time. But I’m happy with my podium today. Tomorrow is another day and another race.”

Added Paerson: “For myself, I always know what I can do, but it’s 100,000 people who really want to know why I’m not winning races. The only thing I know is that I’m 100 percent and sometimes just half a decimeter is on the wrong side and then you don’t win the races. Hopefully I can gain on it with this podium. I’ve been on the circuit for a long time and you really have to be humble to everything and you really have to be on point the whole time. I know if I work really hard it will come back to me. I  know I can get through the hard times and come back strong.”

U.S. racer Stacey Cook was the next best U.S. athlete, coming in at 13th place. “I think I executed my plan,” Cook said. “The light was pretty flat when I went, but … luck of the draw. I think I did one of the best runs I could have for the conditions.”

Here are the results:

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  16  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:38.84  0.00
 2  22  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:39.19  4.67
 3  21  206001 RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:39.23  5.21
 4  17  296729 FANCHINI Nadia  1986  ITA   1:39.68  11.22
 5  10  195983 ROLLAND Marion  1982  FRA   1:39.78  12.55
 6  11  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:39.80  12.82
 6  9  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:39.80  12.82
 8  18  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:40.05  16.16
 9  25  515806 KAMER Nadja  1986  SUI   1:40.10  16.83
 10  19  105997 BRYDON Emily  1980  CAN   1:40.39  20.70
 11  8  515766 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:40.41  20.97
 12  23  515170 STYGER Nadia  1978  SUI   1:40.42  21.10
 13  2  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA   1:40.43  21.23
 14  6  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:40.44  21.37
 15  5  515560 SCHILD Martina  1981  SUI   1:40.46  21.63
 16  62  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:40.52  22.44
 17  1  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:40.58  23.24
 18  26  296472 FANCHINI Elena  1985  ITA   1:40.64  24.04
 19  14  206175 STECHERT Gina  1987  GER   1:40.71  24.97
 20  12  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:40.82  26.44
 21  7  515849 DETTLING Andrea  1987  SUI   1:40.83  26.58
 21  3  538685 MCKENNIS Alice  1989  USA   1:40.83  26.58
 23  4  195671 JACQUEMOD Ingrid  1978  FRA   1:40.88  27.24
 24  15  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:40.89  27.38
 25  32  295533 RECCHIA Lucia  1980  ITA   1:40.90  27.51
 26  51  355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE   1:40.99  28.71
 27  33  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:41.00  28.85
 28  30  515429 DUMERMUTH Monika  1977  SUI   1:41.01  28.98
 29  50  55766 MADER Regina  1985  AUT   1:41.03  29.25
 30  47  505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE   1:41.05  29.51
 31  27  106022 JANYK Britt  1980  CAN   1:41.08  29.92
 32  34  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   1:41.09  30.05
 33  42  538038 MARSHALL Chelsea  1986  USA   1:41.10  30.18
 34  36  296427 SCHNARF Johanna  1984  ITA   1:41.25  32.19
 35  40  296431 STUFFER Verena  1984  ITA   1:41.28  32.59
 36  29  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA   1:41.40  34.19
 37  46  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole  1989  AUT   1:41.41  34.32
 38  24  296473 SIORPAES Wendy  1985  ITA   1:41.47  35.12
 39  60  106666 RUBENS Shona  1986  CAN   1:41.51  35.66
 40  13  196573 REVILLET Aurelie  1986  FRA   1:41.53  35.92
 41  43  225206 ALCOTT Chemmy  1982  GBR   1:41.61  36.99
 42  55  565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO   1:41.72  38.46
 43  52  55882 STAUDINGER Christina  1987  AUT   1:41.74  38.73
 44  37  55913 MOSER Stefanie  1988  AUT   1:41.93  41.27
 45  58  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR   1:41.99  42.07
 46  39  375018 COLETTI Alexandra  1983  MON   1:42.10  43.54
 47  56  465059 MIKLOS Edith  1988  ROU   1:42.31  46.34
 48  44  537565 KELLEHER Keely  1984  USA   1:42.35  46.88
 49  57  155563 KRIZOVA Klara  1989  CZE   1:42.55  49.55
 50  53  55806 ALTACHER Margret  1986  AUT   1:42.70  51.55
 51  48  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca  1990  ITA   1:42.87  53.82
 51  45  105920 SIMMERLING Georgia  1989  CAN   1:42.87  53.82
 53  41  297153 CIPRIANI Enrica  1988  ITA   1:43.15  57.56
 54  61  55952 HACKL Karin  1989  AUT   1:43.25  58.90
 55  35  196812 PELLISSIER Marion  1988  FRA   1:43.49  62.10
 56  49  485563 PROSTEVA Elena  1990  RUS   1:43.50  62.23
 57  54  515937 FUHRER Kathrin  1988  SUI   1:43.60  63.57
 58  59  225308 THORBURN Pamela  1986  GBR   1:44.15  70.91
Did not start 1st run
     55669 HOLAUS Maria  1983  AUT     
Did not finish 1st run
     515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi  1981  SUI     
     538305 SMITH Leanne  1987  USA     
     515747 GISIN Dominique  1985 

SUI 

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