Lindsey Vonn finishes second behind Maria Riesch in last World Cup downhill

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 10, 2010 6:36 am

If she had won today, she would have clinched the overall World Cup title. Alas, Lindsey Vonn had to keep the suspense alive by coming in second, a half second behind her good friend and stiffest rival, German Olympic gold-medalist Maria Riesch.

Lindsey remains 225 points ahead of Maria in the overall standings, but with each race-win earning you 100 points…and three races left…it’s possible for Maria to overtake Lindsey. “I haven’t won it yet,” said Vonn, who already clinched the downhill title. “It’s not finished yet. It’s still possible (for Riesch to win), it’s unlikely but it’s not finished.”

Riesch could tell she raced well today considering how far back Lindsey was. “When I crossed the line I did not look at the board immediately but when I saw that I was more than a second ahead, I thought I could win this race,” Riesch said after her 14th career victory and fourth downhill win. “If Lindsey is half a second behind, I must have had a really good race.”

Rounding out the podium was Sweden’s Anja Paerson, having a great season. She came in more than a second behind Riesch.

While Lindsey keeps saying it’s possible for Maria to take the overall title, Maria herself finds it impossible. “I am still 200 points behind, I don’t think it’s possible,” Riesch said. “The pressure is off. I am proud of today’s win, this is the course for next year’s World Championship and it’s good to know that I can be fast on it.”

Olympic silver medalist Julia Mancuso finished fifth, while bronze medalist Elisabeth Goergl of Austria was the only racer to crash but appeared unhurt.

At this point, Lindsey Vonn is tied with Bode Miller for most World Cup wins—32. She can beat him tomorrow if she wins. Bode ended his season early to rest his ankle. Thursday’s giant slalom is the next race for the women.