Goergl leads Vonn and Riesch to first ever clean sweep in Women Downhill World Championship
The Women’s World Championship Downhill was dominated by the HEAD Speedoholics. Lizz Goergl won the race from number 16 to lead Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch onto the podium for the first clean sweep of the podium in the history of the Women’s Downhill at the World Championships. With the conditions suiting the 29 year old, Goergl added the World Championship Downhill title to the Super G title.
Talking afterwards, Goergl thanked her serviceman Michael Joeckl for the hard work that he had put in to create the perfect set of skis for her to race to victory on, adding “he did a great job as the conditions changed.”
Goergl admitted to being “tense at the start as this was a very important race,” she explained. While every day is a new day, the new hero for the HEAD Speedoholics believed her victory was down to her smooth run and staying focused. It is now sixteen Women’s World Cup, Olympic and World Championship Downhill races since a HEAD racer was not on the top step of the podium – going back to 2009.
“I thought after the Super G win it was super,” was how Goergl described her emotions, “it is the same today,” before adding “it is wonderfully crazy!” Goergl knew she had made a few mistakes at points on the course yet “all the things that I wanted to do, I did,” she explained.
During the first training run, Lizz Goergl felt the need to change parts of her set up and did so. Using the same boots that she had used in the Super G, she explained that it had all come together for her, especially “the great material.”
For Lindsey Vonn, the silver medal winner, the road to recovery for her head is a new experience. “This medal feels like gold,” she explained “especially after all the things that have gone on. I am really happy to do well and am feeling better each day. This was my best run since I had the concussion.”
Maria Riesch was edged out of the silver by Vonn who came down after her but was still happy with her second medal of the championships. Although she is still suffering from a fever, Riesch gave her all for this. “I did not expect a podium today, I just told myself to have a go and do it.”
For Rainer Salzgeber, the HEAD Race Team Manager, this imperious result was the result of hard work. The team had put in long hours testing skis earlier in February and also at other locations at the same altitude. With the softening snow causing the ski set up to be harder to get spot on, Salzgeber paid tribute to the team of servicemen, including Hans Grugger’s serviceman Dieter Oberhauser, who all worked hard to deliver this result.
HEAD Speedoholics - leading the way!
World Champion: Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
Silver Medal: Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
Bronze Medal: Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD
11th Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
17th Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
24th Alex Coletti (MON) HEAD