American skiing sensation Lindsey Vonn continues to show the world why she deserves to be among skiing elite. Vonn made up a miraculous .61 deficit on the bottom half of the super bumpy Bansko speed track to seize a historic 18th career super G win in Bulgaria! Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was second, a mere .05 behind Vonn.
“I tried to give myself a lot of direction for that gate because I was on a pretty bumpy sidehill and I just hit one of the bumps funny and went shooting downhill in the opposite direction that I wanted. I was way offline and had to chuck it sideways, but thankfully the pitch was pretty steep and I was able to accelerate out of that mistake”, said Vonn.
This victory propels Vonn past Austrian Renate Goetschl in the women’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour record books! This is the 10th super G victory this season and takes Vonn to a 94-point lead in her discipline going into the season’s last race at the World Cup Finals. It also provided a boost to her overall World Cup lead total to 528 over Slovenia’s Tina Maze, and with only nine races left on the calendar its going to be impossible for anyone to come close — let alone beat!
The entire women’s team continues to ski strong this season. Julia Mancuso came in 8th, Leanne Smith took 18th, Laurenne Ross took 24th and Stacey Cook followed in 29th. Vonn, Mancuso and Smith have qualified in super G for the March 11-18 World Cup Finals in Schladming, Austria
Head Coach, Alex Hoedlmoser is thrilled with his team’s performance, “Lindsey [Vonn] and Julia [Mancuso] will join the tech team in Ofterschwang later this week for two giant slalom races and a slalom, but the other athletes will head home for a break before World Cup Finals. It’s a huge accomplishment to have so many qualify for finals, so they’ll get some rest and then head back over for a training camp before Schladming.”