Vonn wins 42nd career win, first Giant Slalom

October 22nd, 2011

Vonn joins select group in winning in all disciplines

In winning the opening race of the 2011 – 2012 FIS World Cup season, Lindsey Vonn joined a select group of racers to win World Cup races in all disciplines. Having been fourth after the first run, Vonn spoke with her coach after the first run and he told her “You have nothing to lose, just risk a little.” And this was what she did. Vonn attacked down the steep course and despite a small time consuming mistake, she was still in touch on the second run. Then came one of the classic sections you will see this season as she literally powered her way to the finish line. The last section was power skiing at its best, it was true World Cup Rebel racing!

Lindsey Vonn has been at the top of the sport of skiing for a number of years and the victories are numerous. It takes a true great of the sport to win across the board. This is the culmination of years of hard work and “a dream,” she said after the race.

The second run was meandering along until Anna Fenninger raised the tempo and took the lead. Since winning the Super Combi at the World Championships last season, Fenninger has grown in stature and she took sixth place overall. It took Lindsey Vonn’s incredible performance to wrestle the lead back for the HEAD racers after Fenninger had been dislodged off the lead and then down to third.
The next HEAD racer down on the final run was Lizz Goergl and there was more joy for the HEAD World Cup Rebels as she went into third behind Vonn and Rebensburg. Goergl had been in second after the first run. As she attacked the steep section, carving in and out of the shade and back into the sun light, you could feel the excitement in the race. “The second run was not so good and I had a few troubles,” a smiling Goergl conceded after the race.

Vonn joins four other racers in having won in all events after taking her 42nd career World Cup win, including fellow HEAD World Cup Rebel Anja Paerson. This is a spectacular achievement and cannot be understated. Her face as the first run leader crashed out was one of achievement, yet Vonn admitted afterwards that she was sad to see Brignone suffer a similar fate when she scored her first Giant Slalom podium in Spindleruv Mlyn last season!

After the race, Vonn explained that she had come “into this race training well and had skied the day before but not in about a week. I tried to have two good runs. The win was more than I could ever have hoped for as it is difficult to be fast in five events, it has not always worked out. It feels so good to have all your hard work pay off!”

1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER)
3. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
6. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
20. Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
22. Giulia Gianesini (ITA) HEAD
24 Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD