Lindsey Vonn Wins 65th World Cup; Grabs Season Super G Lead In Garmisch
It was a perfect day in Garmisch, Germany for Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., who put down a flawless run to take the win and the overall super G World Cup lead. It was Vonn's 65th FIS Audi World Cup win and came on the last speed weekend before the Finals in Meribel, France.
With no mistakes, Tina Maze of Slovenia slayed the course that her Slovenian coach set, and pulled out a time that everyone thought was unbeatable. But Vonn’s coaches radioed up to Vonn, telling her to “send it,” and she did just that. Building speed throughout the course, Vonn crushed her run and took the win over Maze by .20. Anna Fenninger of Austria was third.
Fenninger was leading the super G standings into Sunday, but her third place result wasn’t enough to hold it. Vonn was able to usurp the title going into the Finals and hopes to hold it for the globe. “It’s going to be a close fight in downhill and super G,” said Vonn. “I have to really ski my best in the finals in Meribel and hopefully I can get two titles.”
It was a warm, bluebird day in Garmisch, which had Vonn conducting interviews in a tank top at the bottom of the course. “It’s a beautiful day for a ski race and with the music in the finish, it kind of feels like a party!” laughed Vonn. Her tank top read “Make History,” which Vonn is attempting to do by winning her fifth super G World Cup title. The only woman to have done that is Katja Seizinger of Germany. Vonn’s 23 super G World Cup wins already stands as a record—no other woman has won more than 17.
Laurenne Ross from Bend, Ore. was the second American finisher in 14th place. Just out of the points, Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo. finished 32nd, Jackie Wiles Aurora, Ore. 34th, Abby Ghent Eagle, Colo. 38th and Julia Ford, Plymouth, N.H., 41st. Julia Mancuso felt under-the-weather the morning of the super G and did not start.
With the speed ladies looking to the World Cup Finals in Maribor, the tech team heads to Are, Sweden for a giant slalom Friday and a slalom on Saturday. World Cup Finals start March 18 with the men and women’s downhill.
World Cup Men In Norway:
It was a tough day in Kvitfjell, Norway with 21 DNFs in the men'd Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G. Only 38 racers made it down the difficult course, with Andrew Weibrecht, from Lake Placid, N.Y. tied his career-best super G result in fifth place. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was back to his dominating form, winning the race, with Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria, second and Dustin Cook of Canada, third.
Weibrecht was excited about his race, which wasn’t his best, but he put down a clean, solid run. “The snow is really soft and it’s not an easy race. It took a lot of tactics,” said Weibrecht after his run. “It’s just a really, really tough race, but I’m pretty satisfied.”
The soft, spring-like snow hindered the athletes on the course, causing most of the 21 DNFs. “If you’re off the line at all, you get nothing back from your skis,” Weibrecht said, who skied cleanly for the most part, but got in a little trouble in the difficult section of the course.
Jansrud's win solidified his lead as the overall super G skier in the season. This is his first crystal globe and discipline title. In the hunt for the super G globe were Austrians Hannes Reichelt and Matthias Mayer, both of whom did not finish. Jansrud is second in the overall title to Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who still has two more tech events to go before the World Cup Finals.
The men’s speed team now gets ready for the World Cup Finals in Meribel, while the tech skiers head to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for one last series before the Finals.
Photo: It was, as Lindsey Vonn said, "a beautiful day for a ski race" in Garmisch (Lindsey Vonn/Facebook)