Lindsey Vonn second in World Cup Finals downhill, Reisch takes win

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 10, 2010 11:05 am

Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn won silver at the final World Cup downhill of her 2010 season at the Audi FIS World Cup Finals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Wednesday. Vonn’s BFF, Germany’s Maria Riesch edged her out for the gold. Even so, Vonn claimed the overall World Cup downhill title, and received her crystal globe–for the third time.

“It was a great day. It’s always nice to end the season well. I’m really happy with my second place today, but even more happy to be holding the crystal globe up there on the podium,” Vonn said. “It’s been an amazing season for me in downhill and I feel like I’ve been more consistent this year than in past years.”

Vonn has also secured the World Cup Super G and Super Combined titles, but wants to claim the overall prize. There is currently a 225 point difference between the U.S. Team star and Riesch.

“For me, my eyes are set on the big crystal – the overall title – so I have to really try hard to beat Maria in these next couple races so that I can close the overall before the slalom,” said Vonn, who has also locked the super G and super combined titles. “Anything is possible. Maria already said that I won, but nothing is over until it’s over. So I’ll just keep fighting and hopefully I can do it.”

Vonn’s teammate, Olympic silver medalist Julia Mancuso also had an extremely solid performance, finishing fifth. ”I went out, had an OK run and I am happy about it,” Mancuso said. “I really just wanted to charge. I think in the end I skied a little bit conservative but it was good to get another consistent finish.”

“It’s nice to come into the finals skiing fast and hopefully I’ll carry the momentum into next year,” Mancuso continued. “Things couldn’t have gone any better at the Olympics. It was really hard coming back from a back injury. Of course I’ll be looking to ski better next year, but it’s good to end it this way.”

OFFICIAL RESULTS
2010 AUDI FIS WORLD CUP FINALS

Women
1. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:34.82
2. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:35.30
3. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:35.95
4. Nadja Kamer, Switzerland, 1:36.04
5. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:36.13
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16. Alice McKennis, Glenwood Springs, CO, 1:37.08
21. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CO, 1:37.73

Men
1. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 1:58.45
2. Mario Scheiber, Austria, 1:58.47
3 (T). Erik Guay, Canada, 1:58.52
3 (T). Patrick Kueng, Switzerland, 1:58.52
5. Hans Grugger, Austria, 1:58.56
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