CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (March 5) – Olympic downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) has unofficially clinched the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super combined title Friday after the third and final race of the 2010 season was canceled due to high winds.
FIS officials confirmed Friday afternoon that there is no rule on the minimum number of completed World Cup races needed to award a discipline title. However, the FIS also indicated that an official determination will be made midweek when the FIS Council meets at the World Cup Finals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
With 160 points tallied from a victory and a third in the only two super combined races staged this season, Vonn will close the year 10 points ahead of Sweden’s Anja Paerson for what is likely to be her second World Cup title this season. Vonn, the Olympic super G bronze medalist, has already mathematically defended her World Cup super G title with podium finishes in all five races staged this season including wins in the last three.
“Obviously this isn’t the way I wanted to win the title, but I will take it none the less,” Vonn wrote on her Facebook fan page. “It’s an outdoor sport and anything can happen. Sometimes these decisions go your way like in this case, and sometimes they don’t – it’s just part of our sport. Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow for the DH.”
The original World Cup schedule for Crans Montana will remain as planned with a downhill Saturday followed by a super G on Sunday.
Vonn, the 2008 and 2009 World Cup overall and downhill champion, currently leads the 2010 standings in both with just six races remaining on the World Cup calendar, including two downhills.
Race action will stream live on www.UniversalSports.com.