Lindsey Vonn 8th in GS, Can Clinch Second Consecutive Overall World Cup Title Tomorrow

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on March 6, 2009 10:30 am

Lindsey Vonn continues to pad her massive overall lead, finishing 8th in the GS (giant slalom) in Ofterschwang, Germany.  It appears the only thing standing between Vonn and repeating as overall World Cup champ is a large meteor colliding with earth.  The only realistic drama will come on Saturday.  If Vonn carries a 401 point lead after Saturday’s slalom, she will mathematically clinch her second overall World Cup title.  No American woman has won two overall titles, let alone two-in-a-row.  On the American men’s side, Phil Mahre and Bode Miller have won at least two overall titles.  Mahre did it three times (’81, ’82, ’83).

In Ofterschwang, Vonn had another one of her incredible saves.  She was leading at the split, but after a bit of hip-sliding in the middle of the course, lost speed and finished 8th.  It was yet another testament to her greatness, that Vonn could essentially crash and still finish in the top 10.  "It’s great Lindsey has such a big lead in the overall, but she wasn’t happy with the way she skied today," said U.S. Women’s Alpine Head Coach Jim Tracy.  "She skis to be on the podium in every race and she’s at a level where she can do that, she expects more of herself. She’s a little mad after today and we’ll see that come out in tomorrow’s slalom."

Tomorrow should be the coronation, another title for Lindsey Vonn.  You can watch the race and ensuing celebration live at www.UniversalSports.com.

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