Lindsey Vonn extended her tally of wins on the World Cup with a thoroughly professional performance across the two disciplines in the Super Combined. Having lead from the Super G section of the race by a margin of two tenths from the leading pack headed by Swiss racer Daniella Merighetti and then Austrian Niki Hosp, Vonn needed to overcome Lizz Goergl who lead in the finish as she approached the Slalom section. With Anna Fenninger taking fourth overall and Maria Riesch fifth as well, this was a day when the all round capabilities of the HEAD skis were prominent.
When flat light occurs for speed races, this is never popular. The warmer conditions also gave a contrasting feel to the snow for the racers than the day before. Yet as Maria Riesch said after the downhill, “to be a great skier you have to be a great skier on all types of snow.”
Although Vonn’s margin of lead was not huge after the Super G, Vonn is an accomplished Slalom skier and it is better to have the lead than be chasing when the snow is soft. Lizz Goergl was sixth after the Super G section and attacked the slalom to give herself a great opportunity to add to her World Cup wins. With such narrow margins for error in slalom, being in the finish in the lead is always a strong position to be in. Yet when you know that the Lindsey Vonn express is on its way down the course then there is always the chance you will not end up there.
Lizz Goergl’s slalom proved to be in good form as she held off and overtook her countrywoman Hosp. Goergl had grabbed the lead from Maria Riesch who had been uncharacteristically slow on the speed section of the race. Riesch used her great slalom skills to bring herself back up the leaderboard from 16th after the Super G.
By the time Vonn crossed the line and the smile broke out as she saw the Number 1 next to her name, Goergl was already on her way to congratulate her.
This was Lindsey Vonn’s third win of the season and her second of the weekend and also the second time this season HEAD racers Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety had won on the same day! Both racers now lead the Overall standings in the World Cup.
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
3. Niki Hosp (AUT)
4. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
5. Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD
10. Margaret Altacher (AUT) HEAD
14. Denise Feierabend (SUI) HEAD
21. Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD