Lindsey Vonn very nearly pulled off a double victory weekend in Altenmarkt despite making a mistake at the same point in both races. Vonn is on a roll at the moment and despite making small mistakes, her HEAD skis are running fast and keeping her going fast. After Vonn had crossed the line following her run, it looked like she would stay in that position. There is certainly a feeling that when she is in first place, that is where she stays! This time Lara Gut came from the chasing pack to oust her yet Vonn was still surprised to be on the podium at all following the mistake.
“I made a big mistake today – in the same place as yesterday. I’m still happy with second, there’s just a little bit of disappointment,” Vonn said. “When I crossed the finish line I was surprised I was leading. I knew Lara would be dangerous as well as Niki Hosp. I wasn’t sure I’d even be on the podium today.” For Vonn the small matter of almost crashing in the same place as she had almost crashed in the downhill was costly: both hands hit the snow and this cost Vonn dearly. "I am happy with second," she said. "I made a couple of mistakes today and almost fell on the bottom. I just caught some soft snow and almost went on my hip. Thankfully I finished the race."
With few of the racers saying that they had perfect runs down the course set by the German trainer, this result for Vonn meant that she left the resort of Altenmarkt happy: “with first and second from the weekend I am very happy!” This result was her 71st World Cup podium. "I really have to stop making those saves. It's probably pretty fun to watch on TV, but they're definitely not fast," joked Vonn. "But first and second is a great weekend. I'm skiing well but I could have cleaned up some sections and skied a little bit better." With the Night Slalom in Flachau next up, Vonn is fully accustomed to racing under the lights having grown up training in Minnesota under the lights.
While Vonn was content with second place behind Gut, Dominique Gisin took third with another HEAD racer in fourth: Lizz Goergl was “satisfied” but said that her run was not perfect. Maria Riesch added to the HEAD success with sixth place and Margaret Altacher made it four HEAD racers in the top ten with tenth place. Steffie Moser took 21st for her best World Cup Super G result and Marianne Abderhalden placed 29th to round off a successful weekend for HEAD.
1. Lara Gut
2. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
3. Dominique Gisin
4. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
6 Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD
10 Margaret Altacher (AUT) HEAD
21 Steffie Moser (AUT) HEAD
29 Marianne Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD