Vonn’s weekend memorable
March 8, 2011
If Lindsey Vonn wanted to choose on a dominating weekend from her already storied ski-racing career, she might have a difficult time finding one better than last weekend.
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games gold medalist in downhill and owner of two World Championship gold medals, Vonn won three World Cup discipline titles in three days over the weekend, capping off an amazing run with a win in the super G Sunday in Tarvisio, Italy. She now holds a 171-point lead in the super G, insurmountable for second-place Maria Riesch of Germany with only one super G race remaining this season.
Friday showcased Vonn’s first of three titles over the weekend as she won the 2011 super-combined title by eight points over Tina Maze.
On Saturday, Vonn locked up her fourth-straight Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill title with a performance that catapulted her 143 points ahead of the field.
"I’m really happy with the way this whole weekend turned out," said Vonn in a release after her super G title was wrapped up Sunday. "I’m especially happy with the super combined title; that is really important for me particularly with my slalom."
Vonn’s three World Cup titles ups her career total to a dozen.
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"Four years ago, there’s no way I could see myself in this position," she said after her downhill victory Saturday. "Downhill is my favorite discipline and I just love going fast so I’m really happy to get my fourth consecutive downhill globe it’s amazing and it means the world to me."
Teammate Julia Mancuso finished second Sunday in the super G, while Laurenne Ross, a U.S. rookie on the circuit, finished fourth. It was the best finish for the U.S. Ski Team since Jan. 14, 2007, when Mancuso finished first, Vonn took second and then U.S. Ski Team member Resi Stiegler finished fourth in a super combined race in Zauchensee, Austria.
Vonn and Mancuso have already shared the World Cup podium four times this season.
"I’m OK with Julia, Lindsey and Maria (Riesch) beating me because they are all really good skiers," said Ross in a release.
Vonn, a Vail, Colo., resident, now has 41 career World Cup victories under her belt and is looking forward to finishing out the season strong, perhaps catching close friend Riesch for the overall title.
With her amazing weekend in the rear-view mirror, she has now moved within 96 points of Riesch with six races left on the season.
"One of my goals at the beginning of the season was to defend my World Cup titles so far, so good," she said Sunday. "But a lot can happen in the next two weeks."
The U.S. Ski Team finished the weekend with a total of six podium places by Vonn, Mancuso, Park City’s Ted Ligety and Nolan Kasper. Ligety finished third in the GS, upping his discipline lead to 77 points.
The World Cup circuit heads to Spindleruv Miln, Czech Republic, next week for giant slalom and slalom races before moving on to the World Cup Finals.