Lindsey Vonn collects first world cup giant slalom podium of career

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 11, 2011 7:48 am

Lindsey Vonn is on a roll.  After the world championships, where she won three World Cup crystal globes and the titles they represent, she made the podium for the first time in her career in the giant slalom with a third place finish. Since Garmisch she has finished 6-1-2-2-2-1-3.  She also made a bold move toward a fourth consecutive season-long title.  She trimmed German Maria Riesch’s overall lead to just 38 points with five races remaining in the season. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany took over the giant slalom standings lead with the win as Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was sixth and Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) 20th.  Lindsey now has a World Cup medal from every discipline.

“I’ve been waiting for a long time for a good result in giant slalom. I knew the skiing was there it was just a matter of putting down two solid and aggressive runs. This is just great timing to say the least.”

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“I didn’t actually know that Maria almost went out until after the race was over. When I was in the starting gate, I actually thought Maria was winning and was more motivated to attack.”
 
“Right now I feel fresh and I have lots of energy. I’m ready for the overall fight.”
 
“After Are [Sweden] things changed a bit. I was down almost 200 points and I just changed my mental approach. I basically had nothing to lose at that point and that’s how I’ve been skiing. Hopefully I can keep that going into tomorrow’s race as well as World Cup Finals.”
Alex Hoedlmoser – Head Coach
“We’ve known for so many years that she can be on the podium in GS too. It’s not like this is a big surprise, now is just a really good time to do it. I have to say, things are moving in the right direction.”
 
“That break she had after the medal at World Championships was totally the right decision. She got some rest, which was really important and then the new mission started. She just started focusing on every race – one at a time – and started hammering it.”
OFFICIAL RESULTS
1. Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany, 2:15.22
2. Denise Karbon, Italy, 2:16.48
3. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 2:16.67
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6. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 2:17.03
20. Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 2:18.57
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Did not qualify 1st run:
Laurenne Ross (Klamath Falls, OR), Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO)

For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/
 

Current Giant Slalom Points Standings
1. Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany – 435
2. Tessa Worley, France – 358
3. Tanja Poutiainen, Finland – 240
 
Current Overall Points Standings
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO – 1678
2. Maria Riesch, Germany – 1640
3. Tina Maze, Slovenia – 943

Complete World Cup Standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/disciplines/alpineskiing/cupstandings.html

 

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