Vonn grabs first GS podium

March 11th, 2011

Vonn grabs podium place in Spindleruv Mlyn Giant Slalom

Lindsey Vonn has the bit between her teeth and is grabbing points across the board as she tries to overhaul Maria Riesch’s lead. With a tremendous second run that saw her jump up the leaderboard and into third place. Despite crashing while training in Hinterreit in the days leading up to this race, Vonn was in good form and even joked about the situation! This was a career best for her in the discipline as well, her previous best having been fourth in Aspen in 2008. Vonn is on a roll at the moment and having secured three globes in Tarvisio, the fourth Globe that she is after is the big one, the Overall.

Conditions were not ideal for the racers in the northern Czech resort and the mixture of rain and overcast weather did not help. There is one more race left in the discipline and with the Vonn juggernaut on full power, nothing is to say that Vonn cannot improve on this career best result.

“It feels amazing. It couldn’t have been better timing. I tried to ski the best I could in both runs. It was the first time I had two clean runs from top to bottom. I couldn’t be happier,” Vonn said, adding that in spite of the warm temperatures and rain, course conditions held up quite well. “It was actually really good. Second run it broke up a little bit, but for the warm temps and the rain, it was a really good course. I really liked the course and the conditions.”

While Lindsey Vonn was in celebratory mood, it was not all plane sailing. Vonn has struggled in the Giant Slalom recently: "I've been waiting for a long time for a good result in giant slalom. I knew the skiing was there it was just a matter of putting down two solid and aggressive runs. I didn't actually know that Maria almost went out until after the race was over. When I was in the starting gate, I actually thought Maria was winning and was more motivated to attack. Right now I feel fresh and I have lots of energy. I'm ready for the overall fight."

For Maria Riesch the day was one she will want to forget as she made a mistake that saw her cascade down the results list. With the Slalom up next, Riesch will be wanting to add points to her lead rather than lose them. The gap is now down to 38 points for the Overall!

The two HEAD Speedoholics are yet again at the forefront of ski racing!

1. Viktoria Rebensburg
2. Denise Karbon
3. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
7 Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
14 Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
16 Giulia Gianesini (ITA) HEAD
27 Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
29 Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD