CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy - Lindsey Vonn is giving her team a jolt. Vonn finally had an error-free run and won a super-G Friday for her fifth victory of the season. She was joined in the top 10 by teammates Julia Mancuso in fourth and Leanne Smith in a career-best eighth.
Vonn’s rival for the overall World Cup title, Maria Riesch, finished ninth but maintained the overall lead.
“It’s awesome,” Vonn said after stopping to embrace Smith. “All the girls on our team have the capability of being on the podium, and I think it’s just a matter of them gaining confidence and believing in themselves.”
In a memorable day for the U.S. team, World Cup rookie Laurenne Ross of Klamath Falls, Ore., was 19th and Stacey Cook of Mammoth, Calif., was 21st.
“It was a very fast set of the super-G,” said U.S. head coach Alex Hoedlmoser. “The girls were ready for it. We laid it out that it had to be full attack and that’s what they did. It was really cool to see how they charged.”
Vonn, who’s made several recoveries from near crashes in recent races, sped down the shortened Olympia delle Tofane course in 1 minute, 11.66 seconds.
“I had a good, clean run,” Vonn said. “In the past few races, I’ve been making mistakes. Today I found a happy balance, a happy medium, and I was able to ski solid and have a good day.”