Lindsey Vonn moves within 23 points of overall leader Maria Riesch

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 13, 2011 7:43 am

Lindsey Vonn moved within 23 points of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall lead Saturday as Maria Riesch of Germany failed to finish the second run. Vonn, who earned the first giant slalom podium of her career Friday and has already secured the super combined, downhill and super G titles, tied for 16th on the day.

“I honestly never expected this to happen. I was hoping to stay as close to Maria as possible, but to make up as many points as I did this weekend was definitely above my expectations. It just goes to show that anything can happen in ski racing.”

“The second run really didn’t go as well I’d hoped, but it was a really tough course. I got some points and some confidence and all-in-all it was a fantastic weekend.”

“I have to approach every race the same, no matter if it’s a speed race or a tech race, I can’t hold anything back and that’s what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks. In Lenzerheide, I’m going to stick to that plan, reevaluate things after each race a stay excited for the challenges ahead.”

Recently crowned slalom World Champion Marlies Schild of Austria continued her storybook season with her sixth slalom win to lock the discipline title. Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) was 11th and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) earned a season-best 15th. The women’s tour now moves to Lenzerheide, Switzerland for the final four individual races of the 2011 season.

Alex Hoedlmoser – Head Coach
“We were hoping that the full program that Maria did was going to take its toll on her body and her mind towards the end of the season. She’s showing some nerves and it’s reflecting in her confidence, but right now Lindsey is incredibly confident. We’re hoping to keep the momentum going and see what the outcome is.”

“Sarah showed two solid runs today and if you look at the time differences between the girls around Sarah, it was a really tight race and with Resi, we can see her speed is back. Obviously the consistency can’t always be there after such a long break from racing, but she’s wicked fast and she can really look forward to next season.”

“It was a good experience for Mikaela [Shiffrin] and I’m glad we brought her over. She handled everything really well and did a great job. She had a big mistake right before the finish and still almost qualified. We know she has the speed to qualify and with another prep period, she’s going to be good.”


1. Marlies Schild, Austria, 1:43.85
2. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 1:44.78
3. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1:45.01
11. Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 1:46.56
15. Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, WY, 1:46.73
16t. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:46.78
Did not qualify 1st run:
Mikaela Shiffrin (Burke Mountain, VT)

For complete results:

Current Slalom Points Standings
1. Marlies Schild, Austria – 600
2. Tanja Poutiainen, Finland – 489
3. Maria Riesch, Germany – 420

Current Overall Points Standings
1. Maria Riesch, Germany – 1678
2. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO – 1655
3. Tina Maze, Slovenia – 1003

Complete World Cup Standings: