Lindsey Vonn and Leanne Smith Top the Podium in Cortina World Cup Downhill

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 19, 2013 9:02 pm

Lindsey Vonn, Leanne Smith - Cortina Downhill

Lindsey Vonn is back where she belongs, on top of the podium. The skier won Saturday's World Cup downhill event in Cortina, Italy. Vonn bested Slovenian opponent Tina Maze with a half-second margin. Fellow American Leanne Smith also took podium real estate with her second third place podium of the season! Teammates Julia Mancuso finished in ninth, Alice McKennis in 11th Stacey Cook in 15th and Laurenne Ross in 27th.

“It was a perfect day,” said Vonn. “Right away from inspection the sun was shining and the snow was perfect. I feel so comfortable here in Cortina and I knew it would be a good day. I just skied the best I could, executed my plan and it worked out.”

Despite battling illness for most of the season, Vonn currently sits fourth in the overall points race, a remarkable feat when you think about it. Today's victory also marked the 58th win of her career in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup. Four more wins and Vonn will reach the women's record held by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell.

“It feels good to be back on the podium especially with my teammate Leanne. It's a great day for the Team,” said Vonn.

The US Women's team is putting some major pressure on the downhill discipline this year. Vonn maintains her lead in the downhill standings with teammate Stacey Cook in second, Alice McKennis in fourth and Leanne Smith in sixth.

When questioned about the strength of the women's team, Leanne Smith was prepared with an entertaining response, explaining, “We were joking about this yesterday on how to best answer this question. First we were like 'we listen to Justin Bieber together, or we all sleep in one big bed every night, or we have these rituals.' But, no…” 

Alpine skiing action continues on the slopes of Cortina with a Super G on Sunday.


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