Lindsey Vonn proved once again why she is among ski history’s most elite athletes today in a second place giant slalom finish at a spring-like Ofterschwang.
She had a phenomenal final run that clinched podium real estate and furthered her Audi FIS Alpine World Cup point total to 1,708! Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg won for the second day in a row and currently leads Vonn in the giant slalom standings by 135 points. With two discipline races left on the calendar there’s still plenty of excitement to come.
Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser described his athlete’s performance, “Lindsey [Vonn] was just full-on gunning. She never took her foot off the gas in the second run and the course was set for everyone to do that. [Roland] Pfeifer was the course setter for the second run and we just set the course how our girls like it.”
This podium performance makes Vonn the first skier to produce four World Cup seasons with 15 or more podiums, breaking a tie she held with Austrian great Hermann Maier.
During the first run, Vonn was 1.68 behind Rebensburg after hitting her face on a gate, which knocked her goggles sideways. Lindsey spoke to the setback and what it meant for the final run, saying, ”I was almost 1.70 behind Vicki after the first run so in the second and I knew that my coach has set the second run. He set a course that was open and straighter and I went for the fastest line. I went for the most direct line possible and risked a lot and was able to make up a lot of time. I was thinking I could maybe get the win when Viki had trouble on the bottom, but she was just too strong today.”
Vonn’s overall point total is now at 1,708, just 80 shy of personal high mark she set in 2009. Not only is Vonn poised to reach that record, but a record-breaking 2,000+-point season on the table as well. “I have been thinking about the 2,000 point mark since about the St. Moritz races. I am not focusing too much on it, but it is definitely in the back of my mind. This year the tech races have been going well and now I’m second in the giant slalom standings. To me, that is a huge accomplishment”, said Vonn.
The women’s season point record is currently at 1,970 set by Croatian Janica Kostelic in 2006.
Julia Mancuso was seventh after the first run, but went out in the final. Resi Stiegler was 22nd.
There are seven races remaining in the World Cup season, including a slalom on Sunday in Ofterschwang.
Universal Sports will air the race at 4 p.m. ET