Vonn makes it three at Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Canada – Lindsey Vonn triumphed at Lake Louise by bagging a hat-trick. After winning both legs of a downhill doubleheader, she totally dominated the first super-G of the World Cup season on Sunday. The 31-year-old American didn't let anyone come close. Second and third place went to an Austrian duo formed by Tamara Tippler and Cornelia Hütter who were respectively 1.32 and 1.35 seconds off the pace.
Vonn continued to reign supremely in the super-G with this 25th career victory, a record across men and women in the discipline.
“It was a big deal”, said Vonn after the race. “I feel like there were some people that doubted whether I could win today, and especially because Lara (Gut) had won the last couple races here in super-G. And also my technician made some bets with people, so I felt a little bit like I had to come through. It was my physio Lindsay’s last day with me travelling on the road, so I kind of wanted to end with a bang. I had a pretty good run. I’m pretty happy with it.”
“I feel like it was pretty good”, Vonn commented about her run. “I definitely got a little but late on the bottom coming around Claire’s Corner, got pushed a little bit, but I kept the speed going. So I would say it was a pretty decent run, but looking back you can always say you could do better.”
With bib number three, Tamara Tippler skied to a career-best result. Her best previous finishes both happened in the pair of downhill races that preceded today's race.
“I knew my run wasn't that bad,” explained the young Austrian. “It was a really fast super-G today and I think that is a little bit for me. It's so amazing, I have no words to describe it.”
Cornelia Hütter raced to a third podium-finish in as many days, confirming her excellent start to the season.
“Today was not easy, I was a little bit tired in my mind,” Hütter said. “I had to push hard and it is a good result, I am super happy about it. The first part of the course wasn't easy. I struggled a little bit to find some speed, but the lower part was good.”
With this 70th career World Cup victory, Lindsey Vonn sits now on top of the overall table (300 points), just 4 points above her team-mate Mikaela Shiffrin who made her debut in speed with a good performance. She came in 15th position, 2.29 seconds behind Vonn.
“It felt really good,” said Shiffrin. “There were some spots that I was probably a little bit too wide and here and there maybe turning almost too much. But down the pitch, onto the flats, I felt like I carried some good speed. What I hear is that I was pretty good on the flats, and that’s probably a spot where everyone expected me to be slow. So I’m starting ahead of where I actually thought I would. I felt solid on the skis and it was really fun to be honest.”
The World Cup tour is now on its way back to Europe for technical events to be held in Are (SWE) next weekend.
Here are the full results of the super-G