Tarvisio, Italy has been very kind to Lindsey Vonn who won the super G and her third World Cup title and crystal globe in as many days. For Lindsey, it is her 12th World cup title and 41st career World Cup victory.
“It was a great weekend for me,” Vonn said. “I was most happy about the super-combined title – it’s been a really tough season for me in slalom and to finally put a slalom run down that was right in there with all the other girls made me really happy.
“But I wanted to try to end the weekend with a win and I’m really happy that I was able to do that,” added Vonn, who placed second Friday and Saturday.
“At this point I actually feel really relaxed. I know I have to perform if I still want to be at all in contention for the overall and that’s how I’m approaching it. I have to go after it and if I make mistakes I make mistakes. But I have to try to do my best to give Maria a run for her money. I’m really happy with the way this whole weekend turned out. I’m especially happy with the super combined title, that as really important for me particularly with my slalom.”
“One of my goals at the beginning of the season was to defend my World Cup titles – so far, so good. But a lot can happen in the next two weeks. All the girls were in the hotel lobby watching Nolan’s run. We we’re so fired up. The whole restaurant was staring at us – we’re screaming pretty loud.”
Julia mancuso was not far behind and finished in second place. “I wanted to be top three for super G this season and I knew that could happen. Lindsey is skiing really well so I figured if I had a good season and try to win more next year. This is the first year I’m on Volkl so I’m just trying to figure it out. I think if keep up with the good results it can be a challenge for me to try to be top three in the super G and the downhill and also overall. I’m going to really try to give myself that challenge and pick up as many points as I can.”
Maria Riesch was third and her lead in the overall standings is down to 96 points over Lindsey with 6 races remaining.
US Ski Team member Laurenne Ross posted her career best finish just missing the podium in 4th place, .70 behind her teammate. “I knew I had to do really well if I wanted to make World Cup Finals. I just gave it everything I had and I pinned it. It’s definitely something that I’ve been looking to do and working toward all year. It’s good to know that I am in there and can compete with these girls. It would have been nice to be third but this is my first top five, my first top 10 and my first top 15 in a World Cup. I was 10th at World Championships but this is my first time really be in there for a World Cup. I’m OK with Julia, Lindsey and Maria beating me because they are all really good skiers.”
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:21.75
2. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:21.98
3. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:22.25
4. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 1:22.45
11. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:22.73
26. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:23.84
For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=AL&event_id=28161
Complete World Cup standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/disciplines/alpineskiing/cupstandings.html