Lindsey Vonn collects 40th career world cup victory

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 26, 2011 6:54 am

Lindsey Vonn lead the US women alpine skiers charge today in Are, Sweden with her record extending 40th careeer World Cup victory in the downhill.  On a day where all US skiers finished in the top 25, Lindsey gained 40 points on Maria Riesch in the overall standings.  The 3 time World Cup downhill champion leads the discipline by 103 points over, you guessed it, Maria Riesch, who finished 3rd today.  Tina Maze of Slovenia continues her great skiing after a great World Championships, finishing second.  Stacey Cook for the US finished 5th, for her best result since Dec. 2006.  Julia Mancuso was 11th.  the women’s super G will be Sunday, weather permitting.


photo: Doug Haney/US Ski Team

1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:40.93
2. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1:41.06
3. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:41.14
5. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:41.99
11. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:42.44
18. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:43.11
25. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 1.43.69

For complete results:

Lindsey Vonn

“After Garmisch, I needed a break both mentally and physically and that time off did exactly what I needed it to do. I’m skiing like I know I can, I’m focused and back on the top of the podium.”

“I don’t like to think about records all that much because my goal is always to win races. If you win races, then hopefully the records follow.”

“Today was tough, it was pretty dark and you had to be extremely clean to be fast – that’s a difficult combination. We have a super G tomorrow and I’m hoping to gain some more ground back on Maria, but there’s still a lot of races left in this season and Maria is skiing incredibly well. It’s also pretty impressive to see what Tina is doing right now. She showed everyone in Garmisch something that racers already knew and she’s been able to keep that going.”

Stacey Cook

“Last week I got to go home and free ski some powder in Mammoth, so I came back with just a really good feeling and really loving skiing. I just had a really positive attitude and tried to keep that freeskiing mentality that I had going in Mammoth here in Sweden.”

“I’ve never ran this track before – this is my first time. I did go to World Championships up here in 2007 and got a watch the men on the same track. It looked really challenging then and there were a lot sections that I thought looked fun, so I just wanted to kind of remember what I thought made the boys fast then.”

Alex Hoedlmoser
“It was really fun to see Stacey ski the training runs well. She was really fast and today she figured out how to put it down on race day.”

“We knew Lindsey was back to full strength and the she could win this race. But you have to do it on race day and she did an excellent job. The light changed and there was a big crash with a long hold right before Julia and Lindsey ran. It was pretty flat light at that point, but Lindsey had a good run, she put it all out there.”