Lindsey Vonn rocked the slopes of Maribor, Slovenia today winning the giant slalom even in epic fashion. The victory marks her 59th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup career victory, placing the star skier three away from tying the women's all-time victory record of 62 set by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell! Tina Maze, the hometown superstar was forced to settle for second place, although she'll still have commanding lead in both the overall and GS discipline to keep her warm tonight. Austria's Anna Fenninger rounded out the podium in third.
“I don't know what to say,” said Vonn. “I skied well the first run, but I didn
9;t ski the bottom very well and in the second run I just said 'ok, it's all or nothing, I have to go for it.' I definitely made some mistakes but to have my first win in GS since last year is perfect.”
After finishing out the first run in third, Vonn poured on the speed in the second. With her hip nearly touching the snow at the mid run point, the skier kept the meter pinned all the way to the finish line to earn her first GS podium since Are, Sweden last March.
Fellow Americans Julia Mancuso finished in eighth with Mikaela Shiffrin following in 13th.
Sunday's slalom is the final race before the team heads to the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, which kicks off on the slopes of Schladming, Austria on February 4th.
Although she just returned from her recovery, it would seem that Vonn has regained her confidence, as she stated, “The timing for the world championships could not be more perfect. This is a highlight after a tough moment. It also convinced me I could do well in giant slalom and I will race in four events at the worlds.”