A fantastic day for the U.S. Ski Team at Lake Louise for the season’s first World Cup super G race. American Lindsey Vonn restored order to the universe, getting her first win of the season. And once again, it was a two-woman contest, with Vonn beating her German rival Maria Riesch by 0.83 seconds. It was a dominating win for Vonn, her 34th World Cup victory.
Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso finished on her first podium this season, after finishing on the podium only once last year, and no podium finishes in 2009. Mancuso finished 4th and 6th in the two downhill racers, and a third today in super G. A great weekend for Mancuso and the American team, which had five racers in the top 30, scoring World Cup points.
But, the story of the day was Lindsey Vonn. Vonn had a miraculous recovery yesterday, a mistake that cost her first place, but one for the highlight reels. Bode Miller is impressed, it was that kind of recovery. Today, Vonn dominated from top to bottom, and Riesch has to be happy to steal the first two World Cup downhills of the year. As great a skier as Riesch is, Vonn showed again today that when she’s at the top of her game, she has no equal in the speed races.