For the second straight year, alpine champion Lindsey Vonn has led the U.S. Ski Team to a clean sweep of the Lake Louise Audi FIS World Cup. After taking first on Friday and Saturday’s downill races, Vonn completed Sunday’s Lake Louise super G with a time of 1:22.82. American teammate Julia Mancuso followed in second place for the third consecutive 1-2 U.S. finish, with a time of 1:23.25. Austrian Anna Fenniger rounded out the podium in third at 1:23.27.
Vonn spoke after the race saying, “This weekend was a huge boost for my confidence. I was definitely feeling extremely low after being in the hospital and my poor result in Aspen. But I knew if there was a place to turn it around it was Lake Louise. So I just tried to get myself every opportunity to rest and recover for the races this weekend.”
This marks Lindsey Vonn’s 56th career World Cup victory. It also continues the trend of Lindsey’s dominance on the Lake Louise (aka Lake Lindsey) racecourse, with 14 career wins at the Canadian venue. Vonn has finished first the past 7 consecutive visits here — which sets yet another women’s record! Anja Paerson held the previous record with 6 consecutive wins at Maribor. Vonn also became the fourth woman to capture 100 World Cup podiums, joining an elite group that includes Moser-Proell 114, Goetschl 110, Schneider 101.
When asked about her dominance at Lake Louise, Lindsey explained, “Every athlete has their favorite hill where they feel confident and comfortable. I know the hill like the back of my hand and have confidence knowing I have won here in the past.”
Fellow American teammates also performed well, with Leanne Smith in 8th, Laurene Ross in 13th and Stacey Cook in 29th.
Vonn is the first skier ever, in either gender, to win 3 World Cup races at the same venue in two different seasons. The women’s team leaves Lake Louise with a haul of 722 World Cup points. Vonn now sits in third place in the overall standings behind leader Tina Maze, 397-310, while Stacey Cook follows in fifth.
Next up, the women’s Audi FIS World Cup head to Switzerland for next weekend’s St. Moritz super combined, super G and giant slalom.