Double podium for HEAD: Vonn and Riesch take second and third, Vonn takes Globe
This was the two friends back at their very best: nip and tuck and in the words of Lindsey Vonn: “putting everything on the line.” This was what the crowd had come to see. With the Super Combined World Cup standings to be decided, Vonn went for it in no uncertain terms. Great things come to great racers with great performances and victory in the Downhill section of the race followed by a much improved performance in the Slalom, Vonn was rewarded with her 10th Crystal Globe in her career so far.
In the finish area, despite taking second in the race to Tina Maze, Lindsey Vonn was jumping for joy! This was excitement personified. Fog had threatened again to upset the proceedings and the start was moved down to the reserve start. This shortened the course slightly in favour of the slalom skiers but every hundredth was being fought for. The sun came out to soften the snow for the slalom section.
"It was a great day," said Vonn. "I knew that it was really close with the points and I knew I had to ski a great slalom run to get the title."I don't think it was my best slalom run, but I was aggressive the whole way and that was my goal. Super combined titles are not easy to win because there are only three races so you can't make any mistakes."
For Maria Riesch the Overall Globe is the big prize: “It was not my best slalom performance, so Lindsey deserved the combined globe,” Riesch said. “I’m still happy with my race, especially with the downhill, so I [will] try to collect more points for the big globe.”
After her knee problems in Are last week, Anja Paerson considered skipping the Slalom section of the race. Yet being just over half a second off Vonn from the Downhill section gave her hope and she too gave it her all in the Slalom and finished in fourth place overall just ahead of Lizz Goergl – four HEAD racers in the first five!
So Lindsey Vonn has the Globe, Maria Riesch was edged out for the runners up spot and Lizz Goergl took fourth as the HEAD racers dominated the results in the discipline.
With the Downhill next up, if Vonn can stay over 100 points ahead, she will take Globe number 11 home. "There are some more titles on the line this weekend with the downhill and super G and going to try and win those," Vonn added. "At this point in the season, Maria is quite a bit ahead of me in the overall title hunt and so I'm just skiing relaxed, having fun and skiing like I have nothing to lose. I'm still skiing like I have a chance to win the overall, but I have to be realistic about it too. I'm going to ski to win races and then we'll see where it ends up."
It is still all up for grabs.
1. Tina Maze
2. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
3. Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD
4. Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
5. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
23. Marianne Abderholden (SUI) HEAD
27. Stefanie Moser (AUT) HEAD
29. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
30. Alex Coletti (MON) HEAD