Lindsey Vonn wins 4th straight downhill title

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 5, 2011 6:38 am

Olympic gold medalist, Lindsey Vonn locked the fourth consecutive Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill title of her career Saturday by finishing second in sun soaked Tarvisio. Vonn carried a 103 point cushion over German Maria Riesch into the race and built that lead to 143 to mathematically seal the title with only the World Cup Finals downhill remaining. Riesch finished sixth on the day with Swede Anja Paerson taking the 42nd World Cup win of her career. Vonn, who secured the 2011 super combined title Friday, has now trimmed Riesch’s lead in the overall standings to 136 with seven races remaining.

Julia Mancuso was 10th, Leanne Smith 11th, Laurenne Ross 23rd and Stacey Cook  was  24th to round out the rest of the American team.  A super G will be held Sunday with Vonn leading Riesch by 131 points in the standings.  She will try for her third crystal globe in as many days!

1. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:26.91
2. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:27.64
3. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 1:28.08
10. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:28.75
11. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:28.84
23. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 1:29.31
24. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:29.32

For complete results:

Current Downhill Points Standings

1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO – 600
2. Maria Riesch, Germany – 457
3. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria – 273

Complete World Cup standings:



“Four years ago, there’s no way I could see myself in this position. Downhill is my favorite discipline and I just love going fast so I’m really happy to get my fourth consecutive downhill globe – it’s amazing and it means the world to me.”

“It’s been a great weekend so far. Clinching the super combined title yesterday and then the downhill title today was awesome and I also have a chance to close things up in the super G tomorrow.”
“I made some good points toward the overall title today too, but it’s still Maria’s title to lose. It’s still a long shot at this point, but I’m chugging away and skiing with nothing to lose. It makes things easier for me. All I have to do is try and win each day and keep that mentality going.”
Alex Hoedlmoser – Head Coach
“Securing the downhill title early is absolutely impressive. It shows how good she has been the last couple of years in downhill and she moved closer in the overall points – exactly what she wanted to do.”
“Obviously she wanted to win, but Paerson was pretty much untouchable today. Everything came in place for her and those are her conditions – that’s the type of course she likes.”
“Leanne Smith was very impressive, she put one down again and is continuing to ski very well. Julia also did a good job today, she was in the top five range after the first split then made a little mistake.”
photo: Doug Haney – US Ski Team