Vonn and Hoefl Riesch – Business as usual
Lindsey Vonn banished the gremlins that had blotted her super G copybook a week before in Bad Kleinkirchheim with victory in Cortina d’Ampezzo. While the wind that had caused problems for the top racers in the previous days Downhill race had calmed down, determination was factor in the race. With one HEAD World Cup Rebel, Vonn, back to her imperious best, the return to form of her long time friend and fellow HEAD World Cup rebel, Maria Hoefl-Riesch was also good to see as she hung in to take second place with Lizzi Goergl taking fourth.
The wind may have relented but the determination and fire was there to see. Vonn likes coming first and this is what she strives for in every race she enters. This win takes Vonn up to third on her own in the list of the most successful World Cup skiers with her 47th win on the World Cup. In Super G alone she ranks joint top with 17 wins.
"This win was very important for me, especially for my confidence. After all the health problems with my stomach I know now that I have energy again and everything is fine. Today I risked everything. Standing on the top of the podium again is a great feeling," Vonn explained after the race.
Respect for Vonn came from other racers and Hoefl-Riesch explained the brilliance of the American: “Through the technical section, Lindsey was in a class on her own.”
Talking about her own health, Hoefl-Riesch was delighted that she had been able to up the work rate and was “over the moon” with her result.
Lizzi Goergl just missed out on the podium by eleven hundredths yet despite this was happy with her run: Talking after the race she said “Today I skied everything exactly as I wanted to and the skis worked really well.” A mistake at the top caused her to lose out on the podium.
With this win Lindsey Vonn extended her lead in the Overall World Cup. Ominously for the rest of the racers Vonn declared that “records are important for our sport and I will continue to try and win as much as possible,” she explained.
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
3. Tina Maze (SLO)
4. Lizzi Goergl (AUT) HEAD
9. Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
18. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD