Overall title comes down to 2 races for Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 17, 2011 7:24 am

Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will carry a 27 point Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall lead over German Maria Riesch into the final two races of the season after Thursday’s super G was canceled due to overnight rain and wet snow. At World Cup Finals, canceled races are not rescheduled. Vonn had secured the season-long discipline title on March 6 in Tarvisio, Italy as part of a weekend where she also locked the downhill and super combined crowns. “In the fight for the overall, every point counts and super G is one of my strongest events, so it’s definitely disappointing to lose this race. I’m going to try and do my best in the slalom and giant slalom races in the next two days.”


Photo: Doug Haney/US Ski Team

“This is a really tough week with four events back-to-back, so I’m most likely going to take a the day off, do some therapy, a workout and just try to relax and get as much rest as I can for the next two races.”

“We have such a strong speed team that I’m sure everyone is extremely disappointed. Laurenne [Ross] has had an amazing season, especially with her finish in Tarviso by getting fourth place and qualifying for the finals. But she and Leanne [Smith] have a bright future ahead and I’m sure will be in more finals in the future. As a team we finished the season strong no matter what – especially yesterday. We’ll just continue to do our best as we move into next season.”

Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), who won the final downhill on Wednesday, will close the season third in the super G standings behind Vonn and Riesch. Women’s slalom is schedule for Friday.

Final World Cup Super G Standings

1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 560
2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 389
3. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 3315

Current World Cup Overall Standings

1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1,705
2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1,678
3. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1,039

For complete standings:

Check out this link for a great story full of quotes from Universal Sports commentators and the athletes on this epic battle!