Vonn reclaims red bib in Garmisch super-G
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – American Lindsey Vonn mastered the 2180 meter super-G course on Sunday to celebrate her 65th career World Cup victory under sunny skies. Vonn came down in 1:16.65 to edge out the overall World Cup leader Tina Maze (+0.20) and Anna Fenninger (+0.36) at the top of the timesheets.
Lindsey Vonn bounced back from a 7th place in the downhill on Saturday.
“Yesterday was a little bit disappointing,” said Vonn. “I came out today with a good attitude. I just really wanted to ski my best and to really attack. And I did that.”
The super-G course was set by Tina Maze's Italian coach Valerio Ghirardi which Vonn obviously also took advantage of.
“I think it was set probably against Anna,” Vonn explained. “That was a wise choice by Tina's coach. But it also really suited me and I liked it.”
Going into the race, Lindsey Vonn was 32 points behind Fenninger in the super-G standings. With today's win and Fenninger's third place, she reclaimed the red bib and leads now by 8 points. Vonn claimed the World Cup in this discipline in four successive seasons from 2009 to 2012.
“It's going to be a close fight in downhill and super-G, so I will really have to ski my best at the Finals in Méribel. Hopefully I can get two titles,” Vonn concluded.
Tina Maze's produced a very strong performance on the day to regain the 20 points she lost to Anna Fenninger in Saturday's downhill.
“Of course it's a great result but I prefer to win,” Maze admitted. “Lindsey was simply better today and she deserves this win.”
“My whole team stands behind me and supports me and I am really thankful to them. Valerio did a great job setting the course. It was a fast and nice course set with not too may turns. My run today was much better that the one of yesterday and that is very satisfying.”
World Champion in super-G, Anna Fenninger raced to her 12th World Cup top three finish of the season and her eighth podium in a row.
“I am happy with my podium," said Fenninger. "It was a fast super-G and that's maybe not what I am the best at. Overall it's been a good weekend. Honestly I thought Tina was going to be better than me in the downhill and that I would catch up in the super-G. It turned out to be different.”
“I am focusing on my strengthens, this is why I am not going to race slalom next week. Now I have to train giant slalom in order to show my best skiing and maximise my chances to win the giant slalom globe.”
With 1285 points, Maze maintains the 44 point advantage she had before the weekend. There are six scheduled races left.
The ladies' World Cup now moves to Are (SWE) for a giant slalom race and a slalom on Feb. 13-14, before the finals at Méribel (FRA).
Here are the complete results.