Lindsey Vonn Returns to take Fourth in St. Anton World Cup Super G

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 13, 2013 12:44 pm

Lindsey Vonn is back in action! The star skier got back on her HEAD skis on Sunday in St. Anton, Austria for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G. Although she didn't win the event, Vonn came incredibly close to securing a podium position, finishing a minuscule hundredth of a second behind third place. Tina Maze of Slovenia continued her dominating season with a first place finish — joining Vonn as one of six athletes to win in all five World Cup disciplines.

Lindsey Vonn - St Anton

Lindsey Vonn narrowly missed the podium in St. Anton, finishing a hundredth of a second out of third. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Christophe Pallot)

“I was a little disappointed to be one hundredth off the podium,” admitted Vonn. But it was a solid performance. I definitely know where I can make up the time. On the bottom of the course I was a little passive. I wasn't quite as clean as I should have been on some of the left footed turns. But in general my skiing was solid, I'm right there. I just need to be a little bit more aggressive.”

While it would have been great to see Lindsey Vonn back on top of the podium after today's super G, it is simply amazing to see the skier healthy again af

ter a three week absence. There is still a long way to go. Between the few rocky weeks after her health scare, and the time spent in recovery, Vonn has dropped down to fifth place in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings. Maze has been free to rack up a number of unanswered wins. At this point, the Slovenian ski star has the title all but locked up with a 700 point lead. It will be a mad dash to see is Vonn can close the gap, now that she is back to her old self.

Vonn was very gracious towards her competitor, stating, “It's amazing to see her do so well. She's been on a roll – top three in every event. She's clearly running away with the overall. It's cool to watch. I think it's great for the sport and I'm really happy for her.”

Several other American skiers saw top 30 finishes. Julia Mancuso skied solid to take sixth place, Laurenne Ross took 17th, and Stacey Cook finished in 25th.

The women's tour now heads to Flachau, Austria for a night slalom Tuesday before swinging south to the Dolomites in Italy for another weekend of speed racing. Expect to see young gun Mikaela Shiffrin back in her ski boots in Flachau.

“I'm excited to race in Cortina, said Vonn.” “This weekend every day was better building my confidence back up. Cortina is a place where I've had success in the past. I think by the time I get there I'll be in a position to get back on the podium.”

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