Lindsey Vonn’s downhill streak dies in hole, seven Americans finish in points at St. Moritz

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on January 30, 2010 10:01 am

It was an historic streak of mind-boggling proportions.  And now it’s over.  Lindsey Vonn won six consecutive World Cup downhills, including a perfect five-for-five on this 2009-10 season, but on Saturday, one of the thousands of variables in ski racing slowed down the unstoppable Vonn.

Vonn hit a hole, a hole she knew about, the coaches knew about, her husband Thomas knew about, but with flat light conditions, Vonn still hit the hole.  “I’m pretty disappointed with my result,” Vonn said. “It was just really unfortunate. I knew the hole was there. I’d gotten it from the coaches and from Thomas (Vonn, her husband). But when I was on course, the light was so flat, I couldn’t see anything.

“My ski just hit it at the exact wrong place, the exact wrong time,” she said. “I’m lucky, honestly, to have made the course. I was pretty close to going out there.”

True to her legendary, championship form, Vonn did not bail out and held on for a mucho respectable 5th place.  “She dropped off line and lost almost all speed,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach Jim Tracy. “She got her wits back together and finished, but if that hadn’t happened, she probably would have won.”

Maria Reisch of Germany wins the St. Moritz World Cup downhill, narrowing Vonn’s lead in the overall to 61 points.

Youngster Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) earned the best result of her young career, taking ninth.

“She took advantage of her start number (3),” Tracy said. “We thought it was going to be tough early because the forecast called for wind and snow, but there was none really. It was impressive to see a couple of the girls step up.”

Right behind McKennis was Chelsea Marshall (Pittsfield, VT) in 10th.  In fact, an incredible seven Americans finished in the points.


St. Moritz, Switzerland – Jan. 30, 2010
Women’s Downhill

1. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:41.31
2. Ingrid Jacquemod, France, 1:42.10
3. Fabienne Suter, Switzerland, 1:42.27
4. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:42.28
5. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:42.52
9. Alice McKennis, Glenwood Springs, CO, 1:42.90
10. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:43.05
12. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:43.17
18. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:43.50
22. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:43.78
28. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 1:44.23
36. Kaylin Richardson, Edina, MN, 1:44.87
44. Keely Kelleher, Big Sky, MT, 1:46.56

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