Race cancellation hands Maria Riesch the overall world cup title

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 19, 2011 6:04 am

Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) lost an opportunity to fight for an American record fourth consecutive Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall title when the final race of the 2011 season was canceled due to an insufficiently solid racing base. German Maria Riesch was handed the first overall title of her career by three points after regaining the lead Friday to ultimately close one of the most exciting seasons in World Cup history. In just three weeks Vonn was able to climb back into the title hunt from a daunting 216 point deficit that was reached on March, 25 following the Are, Sweden super combined. Vonn concluded 2011 as the most decorated ski racer in American history with 12 World Cup titles and 41 victories, including defending her downhill, super G and super combined titles and capturing a World Championship silver medal in downhill.

“I’m extremely proud to have been in the fight for what was one of the most exciting seasons in ski racing history. A few weeks ago I was over 200 points behind and I was able to battle back into the overall lead with just two races remaining.”

“Win or lose I just wanted the chance. I feel devastated.”

“I’m proud of defending the downhill, super G and super combined titles and I was ready to fight for what could have been a record fourth overall.”

“The cancelation of this race doesn’t just hurt me, it hurts the fans and the sport of ski racing as a whole.”

“Maria had an outstanding season and again proved to be my biggest competitor. She’s worked really hard for this. I’m happy for her and every athlete who stood on the top step this season. Ted [Ligety] continues to take GS to a new level, Julia [Mancuso] was right back on the podium and the U.S. women won the downhill and super G standings. I cannot thank my husband, coaches and our entire team enough for their support. This was a great season.”

“There are so many ways to look at this. There may never be a day where I don’t look back and say ‘what if.’ But right now all I’m thinking about is how much harder I need to work this summer to continue winning races. I love ski racing.”

Alex Hoedlmoser – Head Coach
“I feel so sorry for Lindsey. We should have tried everything possible to get this race off. It’s disappointing that there wasn’t more effort to delay and see if there was an opportunity to run. Just to call it in the morning wasn’t the right way to go. This is a tough day for Lindsey and the sport of ski racing.”


Final World Cup Giant Slalom Standings

1. Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany, 435
2. Tessa Worely, France, 358
3. Tanja Poutianen, Finland, 240

Current World Cup Overall Standings

1. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1,728
2. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1,725
3. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1,139

complete standings