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!
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:http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=AL&event_id=28161
“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.”