Lindsey Vonn simply said after taking her third win in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy and eighth podium there, “It’s good to be back on top.” HEAD World Cup rebel Vonn took the win ahead of Tina Maze with Leanne Smith taking third. Vonn is now just four wins away from matching Annemarie Moser-Proell for the all time women’s record of wins.
After the race Vonn explained that she has “been trying to build my confidence and strength back up to where it was. St Anton was a good start, 6th and 4th place. I wanted today to be a podium day. I just skied the best that I could. I executed my plan and it worked out well.”
Vonn’s win was emphatic in that she put clear daylight between her and the rest of the field: Maze was nearly half a second behind Vonn. Head coach for the American team, Alex Hoedlmoser explained after the race that “now we see the old Vonn again!"
After her spectacular fall in the final training run, Anna Fenninger recovered well to place sixth and Julia Mancuso took ninth. Fenninger said after the race "My muscles are pretty hard. But while I was racing I noticed, thank God, nothing, while you are racing due to adrenaline you do not feel that way. Pain was a good distraction," Fenninger had suffered whiplash, bruising and pain from the high-speed crash in training.
This was the fifth time that Lindsey Vonn has been on the podium this season and all five podiums have been wins! “It feels good to win again,” is how Lindsey summed it all up.
With Lizz Goergl already qualified to defend her title in Schladming in February, Vonn is oming back into form to try and recapture the title she won in 2009 and was second in 2011.
With regards to the race for the Overall, Maria Hoefl-Riesch missed a gate and remains in second place in the race for the Overall. Anna Fenninger is in third and Lindsey Vonn is in fourth. Vonn has a lead of almost 130 points in the race for the Downhill Globe.
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Tina Maze (SLO)
3. Leanne Smith (USA)
6. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
9. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
18= Lizzi Goergl (AUT) HEAD
18= Marianne Kaufman-Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD