Lindsey Vonn wins Cortina World Cup downhill

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 23, 2010 6:52 am

U.S. Ski Team athlete Lindsey Vonn is unstoppable. The Vail resident claimed her eighth gold medal of the season today with another win at Cortina d’Ampezzo–this time in the downhill with a time of 1.37.70. The World Cup downhill victory was Vonn’s fifth in as many events, and the second World Cup win at Cortina in as many days. ”It’s been amazing, a great weekend,” Vonn said. “I love racing at Cortina. Things couldn’t have gone better, I feel really strong right now.”

Vonn is now looking for a sweep, as she prepares for Sunday’s Giant Slalom. Currently, she leads the women’s World Cup Overall with 1094 points over Germany’s Maria Riesch (who has 1018 points to date).

Riesch led the women for a good part of the downhill, but fell victim to Vonn’s speed and finished second. Switzerland’s Nadja Kamer and Sweden’s Anja Paerson both clocked times of 1.38.56 to tie for the bronze.

U.S. Ski Team athlete Julia Mancuso also smoked Cortina, having her best result of the season. Mancuso matched Vonn’s time through the first split but lost nearly a half second at the bottom of the course, to finish eighth. Still, Mancuso was showing her speed, just in time for the 2010 Olympic Games.