HEAD dominate podium in Cortina SG

January 21st, 2011

Vonn, Paerson and Fenninger fill Cortina Super G podium

Lindsey Vonn led a clean sweep of the podium for HEAD racers in the Super G in Cortina d’Ampezzo with Anja Paerson taking second and Anna Fenninger third. With the weather uncharacteristically cold but with great visibility, Vonn was able to produce a devastating run free of mistakes and with a great line to pile the pressure on her rivals to take her fifth win of the season in the speed events. “All I’m happy about really today is that I had a good, clean run,” Vonn said. “In the past few races I’ve been making mistakes, and today I found a happy balance, a happy medium, and I was able to ski solid and have a good day.”

Paerson was the first of the HEAD racers to attack the podium and posted a faster time than Julia Mancuso who had just taken the lead. Paerson, who also placed second in the Downhill in Zauchensee two weeks previously, is coming into fine form with the World Championships approaching, said that her focus is on the World Championship races in Garmisch. While pleased with the result, Paerson felt that had she attacked the course at the top more, she may have been able to close the gap between her and Vonn. “We were lucky we had the start in the lower part because the wind comes and goes. But I still think we had a good race for everyone –pretty equal,” she said. “At the first parts I was hesitating. Compared to Lindsey, I need to be faster on top. If I didn’t do that small hesitating up there, it could have been close.”

Anna Fenninger took the fight to Paerson, coming down two racers later and while she was ahead at the first split of the Swede, she drifted out to finish four hundredths behind 29 year old Paerson. Fenninger was still delighted with back to back podiums: “I just want to continue like this,” she said. “Two podiums so close together … it is great.”

Despite the wind randomly affecting racers and the lower start, this was a great race for the HEAD racers. Talking in Kitzbuehel, Rainer Salzgeber explained: “If we cannot win in Kitzbuehel then to take the complete podium with the girls is great! They are a strong group and this is showing!”

With another Super G scheduled for Sunday, this race was the rescheduled, rescheduled race from St Moritz and then Val d’Isere in early December. Before then there is the Downhill to be settled!

1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
3. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
9. Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD
13. Margaret Altacher (AUT) HEAD
30. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD