Throwback Thursday goes to… Lake Louise 2012

09 September 2013 14:59
Lindsey Vonn - Lake Louise
Lindsey Vonn - Lake Louise -
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It’s Throwback Thursday again and today we are going back in time to the first speed races of last season, the Lake Louise downhill and super-G races!

  

When: 24. – 25. 11. 2012 (men) and 30. 11. – 2. 12. 2012 (ladies)

Where: Lake Louise, Canada

What: Downhill and super-G men and 2x Downhill and super-G ladies

Who Won:

 

Downhill Men

Super G Men

1stplace

SVINDAL Aksel Lund NOR

SVINDAL Aksel Lund NOR

2ndplace

FRANZ Max AUT

THEAUX Adrien FRA

3rdplace

SULLIVAN Marco USA

KRÖLL Klaus AUT

PUCHNER Joachim AUT

 

 

Downhill Ladies

Downhill Ladies

Super G Ladies

1stplace

VONN Lindsey

VONN Lindsey USA

VONN Lindsey USA

2ndplace

COOK Stacey USA

COOK Stacey USA

MANCUSO Julia USA

3rdplace

HOEFL-RIESCH Maria GER WEIRATHER Tina LIE

KAUFMANN-ABDERHALDEN Marianne SUI

FENNINGER Anna AUT

 

The 2012 super-G title winner Aksel Lund Svindal opened the speed season by winning the first downhill in the Canadian Rockies, as he left Austrian young star Max Franz behind. Defending downhill champ Klaus Kröll was feeling comfortable with a podium finish until Marco Sullivan made the crowd go wild with an outstanding run from bib #42. He landed into third place to share the podium with the Austrian veteran.

Ted Ligety led the first super-G of the season until another Austrian young talent, Joachim Puchner, made everyone hold their breath as he claimed the lead by a mere 0.01 second. However, Adrien Theaux of France stole the lead from Puchner until Svindal showed that he was in a league of his own, leaving a 0.85 second gap between himself and the rest. And as it turned out, Svindal’s strong showing at the speed opening was just a glimpse of things to come for the Norwegian Viking.

A week later, as the ladies launched their speed season, conditions were the talk of the day. With fog banks rolling on and off the course, together with snowfall and variable light, it was a tough start. The race was stopped for a long while to ensure the safety of the racers and to allow the conditions to improve. As has become a tradition, Lindsey Vonn dominated the two dowhhill races. Tina Weirather and Maria Höfl-Riesch tied for third position in the first downhill race, just 1/100 a second behind Stacey Cook who snapped her first career podium, and then repeated the feat the day after.

On another day of snow flurries and flat light, the ladies battled out the season’s first super-G race. With her 7th consecutive win and the 14th altogether at Lake Louise, Lindsey Vonn confirmed her status as the unquestionable queen of ”Lake Lindsey“.