Goergl leads Austrian one-two as Vonn crashes
Val d'Isère, France - Austria's Elisabeth Görgl topped a superb weekend in Val d’Isère by winning Sunday’s super-G after finishing second in the previous day’s downhill behind Lindsey Vonn, who crashed out within sight of the all-time World Cup record of wins.
In a time of 1:25.42, the 2011 downhill and super-G world champion narrowly beat Olympic champion Anna Fenninger by 0.05 seconds for an Austrian one-two on the OK piste, Tina Maze finishing third a further 0.08 adrift.
“This is one of the good pistes. The organisers really did a good job. Thanks to make it happen," Görgl said. “The course today was really tricky and I kind of like that. I had everything clear in my head and my coaches reported that there were some weird turns and what I had to do. It was great team work and it turned out fine.”
It was Lizz’s seventh World Cup victory, the third in a super-G, and she handled best the tricky course set by Swiss coach Roland Platzer, which saw several pre-race favourites like Vitkoria Rebensburg, Tina Weirather or Vonn forced out at the same curve at mid-course.
“I don’t know why the other had so much problems. I heard from the other Austrians that you had to take a fast turn at that point and that’s exactly what I did and it was OK,” said Fenninger.
Vonn’s misfortune was especially bitter as the American had made it on the podium in her last three races and had a chance to equal Annemarie Moser-Pröll’s record of 62 World Cup victories. But the four-time World Cup winner took a turn a little wide, hit a gate and crashed but fortunately did not hurt herself.
“I was a little tired," Vonn admitted. "Yesterday was a great day, but a very long day and it takes a lot of energy. I skied pretty well on the top section and I was at my limit and I missed a little bit of elevation and I wasn’t able to make the gate.”
“The positive thing is that my knees are good and I’m still going home for Christmas with a big smile.”
Maze’s third place allowed the Slovenian to retain a 249 points lead in the overall World Cup standings over Fenninger, with Vonn third, 344 points back. And the World Cup leader was finally happy with her weekend: “It’s hard doing all the events. This weekend was hard for me because I didn’t have that much energy. If I continue the way I started, I hope to win (the big globe) again.”
Fenninger, who has only clinched one race this season in the Sölden opener, would probably have liked to celebrate Christmas with another win but she was still relieved by her second place: “It was important for me to have a good race before the break,” she said.
Here are the full results.