Lindsey Vonn finished second by .01 in the super G in Are, Sweden today. Her rival and best friend, Maria Riesch, won the race and extended her lead in the overall standings to 196 points with two races remaining. Vonn, however, leads the super G standings by 131 points. For Julia Mancuso, it is the third time this season she has shared the podium with Lindsey Vonn. Americans Leanne Smith and Laurenne Ross both finished in the points with 12th and 29th place results, respectively. The World Cup circuit heads to Tarvisio, Italy for super combined, downhill and super G set for March, 4-6.
“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.”
“The course was technical and fast, you had to be smart in sections, but really just charge. It’s always great to be on the podium. I missed it twice in Cortina [Italy], so it’s great to be on there.”
“It was tough light, but it was like that for everyone so it wasn’t a surprise. I definitely made a couple of mistakes but this time it was on the right side of the hundredths, so I was lucky for that.”
“Having Lindsey and Julia on the podium is something we know we can have pretty much at any race. It’s kind of expected from our side and from their side also. Obviously we always want to win but second and third are pretty good results.”
photo: Doug Haney/US Ski Team