It was a historic day for the United States today on the Rettenbach Glacier in Soelden. US Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn chose the toughest giant slalom course on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup to pick up her first career win to open the 2011-12 season! The victory completed a sweep of wins in all five World Cup disciplines for Vonn. Julia Mancuso was 10th as the U.S. Ski Team debuted at its new European Training Base in Soelden. It was a huge first showing, and is cause to get excited for whats to come from the women’s team this season.
This is the first woman’s giant slalom win for the US since 1991, and was a stunning display of Vonn’s powerful riding technique. These victories make Lindsey the fifth woman in Audi FIS World Cup history to win all five disciplines, and ties her with Swede Anja Paerson at fourth in the all time World Cup wins list with 42 (Annemarie Moser-Proell leads with 62).
Vonn said, “It has always been a goal for me to win in all five disciplines and I’m very proud to have achieved it. It means a lot! I have worked really hard to be fast in all events so it is great to see that my work has paid off.”
She went on to say, “It’s fun to be already in the lead in the Overall standings but the season is still long. Of course, it’s a great boost for my morale. It could not have started better for me.”
Stay tuned for tomorrow, as Ted Ligety will lead the U.S. men in Sunday’s giant slalom. The men and women will then be back in action Nov. 12-13 with slaloms in Levi, Finland.
Audi FIS Alpine World Cup
Soelden, Austria – Oct. 22, 2011
Women’s Giant Slalom
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 2:24.43
2. Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany, 2:24.47
3. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 2:24.83
10. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 2:26.29
DNF Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO