Lindsey Vonn just barely wins World Cup downhill

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 6, 2010 7:05 am

Today, American sweetheart, Olympic gold medalist and Wheaties Box cover girl Lindsey Vonn notched her 32nd World Cup victory onto her belt in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

She barely made it though.

Today’s race proved that ski racing is truly a sport of nanoseconds. Lindsey’s total time? 1:35.26. Italian Johana Schnarf’s total time? 1:35.27.

Man.

Vonn feels on top of the world, and Schnarf is looking at the results and slapping her forehead. “Really?! .01!?!” We’re assuming she said something along those lines.

Clearly, today’s race was full of suspense and excitement. Marianne Abdherhalden from Switzerland rounds out the podium at 1:35.64. Alice McKennis of the USA (born in freakin’ 1989), took a commanding early lead and stayed there until bumped off by Switzerland’s Nadja Kamer four racers later. McKennis ended up 12th for the day.

Kamer sat on top until Vonn clamped down her boots. Lindsey built up tremendous speed throughout the run and was able to come in about a full second ahead of Kamer. Lindsey knows how to establish her dominance.

Her good friend and stiff competitor, Olympic gold medalist Maria Riesch of Germany put down a solid run, .64 behind Lindsey. It looked as if both would end up on the podium. However, the ski racing Gods decided to throw two curve balls into the mix. Those curves are named Johanna Schnarf and Marianne Abdherhalden. Both blazed down this course and impressed the whole field. Abdherhalden had never finished higher than 21st before today. As we said earlier, Schnarf finished .01 behind Lindsey.

Julia Mancuso did not race today, but plans on competing in tomorrow’s super G. Here are today’s results:

 

 1  16  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:35.26  0.00
 2  32  296427 SCHNARF Johanna  1984  ITA   1:35.27  0.14
 3  35  515782 ABDERHALDEN Marianne  1986  SUI   1:35.64  5.27
 4  42  565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO   1:35.65  5.40
 5  37  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:35.87  8.45
 6  22  206001 RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:35.90  8.87
 7  30  295533 RECCHIA Lucia  1980  ITA   1:35.93  9.28
 8  24  55766 MADER Regina  1985  AUT   1:36.19  12.89
 9  8  515806 KAMER Nadja  1986  SUI   1:36.24  13.58
 10  15  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:36.31  14.55
 11  19  105997 BRYDON Emily  1980  CAN   1:36.35  15.10
 12  4  538685 MCKENNIS Alice  1989  USA   1:36.38  15.52
 12  1  196573 REVILLET Aurelie  1986  FRA   1:36.38  15.52
 14  41  505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE   1:36.64  19.12
 15  38  515692 GRAND Rabea  1984  SUI   1:36.65  19.26
 15  11  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:36.65  19.26
 17  43  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR   1:36.67  19.54
 18  18  195671 JACQUEMOD Ingrid  1978  FRA   1:36.73  20.37
 19  20  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:36.74  20.51
 20  29  538038 MARSHALL Chelsea  1986  USA   1:36.76  20.79
 21  40  538573 ROSS Laurenne  1988  USA   1:36.78  21.06
 22  14  515170 STYGER Nadia  1978  SUI   1:36.80  21.34
 23  39  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole  1989  AUT   1:36.88  22.45
 24  25  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:36.91  22.86
 25  31  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   1:37.04  24.67
 26  23  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:37.06  24.94
 27  28  206175 STECHERT Gina  1987  GER   1:37.23  27.30
 27  26  296472 FANCHINI Elena  1985  ITA   1:37.23  27.30
 29  7  538305 SMITH Leanne  1987  USA   1:37.31  28.41
 30  5  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA   1:37.42  29.93
 31  12  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA   1:37.44  30.21
 32  2  225206 ALCOTT Chemmy  1982  GBR   1:37.49  30.90
 33  34  196968 BAILET Margot  1990  FRA   1:37.52  31.32
 34  3  515849 DETTLING Andrea  1987  SUI   1:37.55  31.73
 35  9  106022 JANYK Britt  1980  CAN   1:37.56  31.87
 36  13  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:37.59  32.29
 37  36  55806 ALTACHER Margret  1986  AUT   1:37.71  33.95
 38  10  515747 GISIN Dominique  1985  SUI   1:37.79  35.06
 39  33  196412 WEYRICH Clothilde  1985  FRA   1:37.92  36.86
 40  6  296431 STUFFER Verena  1984  ITA   1:38.22  41.02
 41  17  515766 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:38.27  41.71
 42  47  55898 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT   1:38.39  43.37
 43  45  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:38.87  50.02
 44  44  106666 RUBENS Shona  1986  CAN   1:39.30  55.98
 45  46  425887 LOESETH Mona  1991  NOR   1:39.94  64.85
 46  48  155431 MARKOVA Dana  1985  CZE   1:40.51  72.75
Did not start 1st run
   27  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO     
Did not finish 1st run
   21  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE 
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