A thick fog moved in and out of the racecourse in Lake Louise, Alberta resulting in a temporary pause in the women’s World Cup downhill earlier today. Fortunately, the adverse weather conditions were no match for the U.S. Women’s Ski Team, who were able to meet and exceed expectations in today’s event.
Lindsey Vonn seems to have bounced back from her illness earlier this month, capturing her first victory of the 2012/2013 World Cup season. She took the first place podium with an absolutely phenomenal 1.73 margin, This is Vonn’s 5th consecutive downhill victory at Lake Louise, and 12th in her career. The course is commonly referred to as “Lake Lindsey” in recognition of the skier’s consistent dominance, since taking first back in 2004.
After the race Lindsey spoke about her win, saying, “I felt like I had to win today. When you say you want to race with the men, you can’t really not win the women’s races. I was trying to prove a point today, mostly to myself, but also to everyone else who doesn’t think that I could compete with the fastest guys.”
She went on to say, “This gives me confidence. The only thing I’m concerned about right now is my energy level. I’m just trying to make sure that I can compete throughout the weekend.”
To sweeten the deal, fellow teammate Stacey Cook followed in the number two spot, to earn the very first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her career! Her previous best result here was 4th in 2006.
When asked about this momentous win, Cook explained, “I’ve spent a lot of time on this hill over the years. It’s been a lot of perseverance, sticking it out, and finally getting the podium. I really shut my brain off today. I know I can ski with these girls. I’ve been so close for so long, so I decided it was time.”
FIS officials ended up placing a hold on the race due to the adverse weather conditions, which caused poor visibility. Thankfully, the fog cleared enough for the remaining comptetors to take their runs, ensuring the Lake Louise Downhill results would qualify as official.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein tied for third place. U.S. teammates, Julia Mancuso took eighth and Laurenne Ross 11th, placing four Team USA athletes in the top 15 for the event.