Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn once again solidified her ownership of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Lake Louise. After her victory Lindsey had this to say;
“I had a good feeling today. It’s been amazing to have the support of my teammates, coaches and everyone on the World Cup. My sister came all the way from North Carolina to watch me and it’s definitely helping me focus on skiing.”
Last year Vonn lost her six-year downhill winning streak, but returned today stronger than ever. Not only did she edge out the stiff competition she won by 1.95 seconds over late-starting Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein.
“I couldn’t believe it. My goal was just to ski aggressively through the wind and tough light conditions. I could feel the wind heavily when I was skiing, so to win by almost two seconds is just amazing.”
The nearly 2 second lead was the largest margin of victory in Vonn’s career and moved her to fourth on the women’s World Cup all-time list with 43 wins. Vonn has now won nine races in Lake Louise with 16 podiums in only 27 starts at the Canadian resort. Her victory came hours after Bode Miller captured the Audi Birds of Prey downhill win in Beaver Creek, CO and created the first time two Americans had won downhills on the same day since Dec. 2004 when Miller won in Beaver Creek and Vonn (then Kildow) captured the first win of her career in Lake Louise.
“With Bode winning in Beaver Creek, it was a big day for the U.S. Ski Team and I hope we can continue the trend through the weekend and into next week when the men’s and women’s teams are together in Beaver Creek.”; said Vonn.
Alice McKennis was an impressive eighth in her return to action after suffering a broken knee nearly a year ago in Val d’Isere, France. She was thrilled to achieve such a high placing after spending most of the past year recovering from her injuries. Alice explained; “It’s been such a long road for me and to be fast in my first race back is just an incredible feeling. I felt so much more comfortable today than I have in any of the training runs.”
Once again, equipment played an integral role in the US Team’s victory today.
Lindsey praised the fine work of her equipment technician; ”There was a pretty big head wind coming onto the Fall Away turn, but I knew that Heinz (Hemmerle) my technician had done some magic with my skis to help me on the flats and it all came together.”