Vonn rewrites the record books with victory in Bansko Super G
Lindsey likes rewriting the record books. When the chips are down, Vonn puts her cards on the table. With a 0.61 second deficit at the midway point of the Bansko World Cup Super G, the HEAD World Cup Rebel made this up by the time she crossed the line to win her 18th career World Cup Super G race and now stand out in front on her own as the most successful Women’s World Cup Super G ski racer of all time! Tina Weirather and Daniella Merighetti joined Vonn on the podium as Vonn stood on the top step for the tenth time this season!
Coming into the race, Vonn was conscious of the fact that fellow HEAD World Cup Rebel, Anna Fenninger was close by her in terms of points, 20 points. Yet Vonn likes to win. By the first split, however, Vonn was down six tenths, she then threw her skis sideways just before the second timing interval to stay on course after getting bounced on a bump, from there to the finish line she went ridiculously straight making up all that time to win by .05 seconds!
After the race Vonn spoke about the race and what it all means to her: “I didn't know that I had passed Renate for super G wins. That definitely feels good. I think that's the only record that I'm at the top of for World Cup. I tried to give myself a lot of direction for that gate because I was on a pretty bumpy side hill and I just hit one of the bumps funny and went shooting downhill in the opposite direction that I wanted. I was way offline and had to chuck it sideways, but thankfully the pitch was pretty steep and I was able to accelerate out of that mistake. I had to really push the line and take a lot of risk from there down. It was a little bit more direct than I had inspected. I would have liked to have not risked that much, but it worked out.”
Fenninger knows that she still has a chance for the Discipline title but that “it will all have to work out” in the final race at the World Cup Finals in Schladming in March. Vonn holds a 94 point lead going into the final race of the season.
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Tina Weirather (LIE)
3. Daniella Merighetti (ITA)
6. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
10. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
19. Margret Altacher (AUT) HEAD
21. Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
23. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD