Lindsey Vonn wins 10th career World Cup title

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 4, 2011 7:48 am

By Doug Haney

Whoa, that was sport at its best. Lindsey Vonn notched the 10th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup crystal globe of her career today by holding off a surging Tina Maze and claim the 2011 super combined title by eight points.

Going into today everyone was thinking it was a classic Vonn/Riesch Battle Royal and it was, but Maze won the slalom leg to take the race win with Vonn second and Riesch (the slalom Olympic gold medalist) third both in the race and season-long SC standings.

The last time I saw LV jump around like that in the finish was at World Cup Finals last year.

Lindsey Vonn
“It was a great day. I knew that it was really close with the points and I knew I had to ski great slalom run to get the title. I don’t think it was my best slalom run, but I was aggressive the whole way and that was my goal. Super combined titles are not easy to win because there are only three races so you can’t make any mistakes.”
 
“I’ve been struggling a lot in slalom this year, but I have been training well, especially the last few weeks. I’ve had a lack of self confidence which comes from not finishing very many slalom races in the last two years, so today I knew I had nothing to lose and I had to go out and take the title if I wanted it. I wanted it badly.”
 
“There are some more titles on the line this weekend with the downhill and super G and going to try and win those. At this point in the season, Maria is quite a bit ahead of me in the overall title hunt and so I’m just skiing relaxed, having fun and skiing like I have nothing to lose. I’m still skiing like I have a chance to win the overall, but I have to be realistic about it too. I’m going to ski to win races and then we’ll see where it ends up.”
 
“Leanne had a really good downhill run and Julia also had a great run of slalom today. For Leanne to be in the top 10 of super combined is really cool. We’re all skiing well right now. We have some great depth to our team and it’s fun to be around.”  

 

Here’s a breakdown of LV’s titles:

Overall – 2008, 2009, 2010
Downhill – 2008, 2009, 2010

Super G – 2009, 2010

Super Combined – 2010, 2011

Downhill is on tap for tomorrow and LV leads Maria by 103 points in that title chase. If she comes out holding that lead by 100, chalk up one more title.


 

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