Lindsey Vonn will wing her way home to Vail/Beaver Creek and the upcoming World Alpine Skiing Championships with a 64th career victory, taking a strong win Sunday over Austria's Anna Fenninger in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Vonn posted a .24 second margin for the win, coming just eight days before she will step into the super G starting gate at World Championships on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
The St. Moritz super G course presented tough challenges for the athletes. "I was definitely a difficult course today," said Vonn. "There was a lot of terrain and tricky parts."
Her win came a day after a big mistake in the downhill dropped her from podium-challenger to 23rd. "After a bad day comes a good day," said Vonn. "Yesterday I risked a lot and it didn’t pay off. Today I risked a lot and it did pay off. I always like to ski at the limit - it’s what’s won me a lot of races and what’s made me crash and go into the nets. That’s the way I ski."
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, Calif.) was 16th with Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, Calif.) 19th and Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) 27th.
The men concluded the fabled Hahnenkamm weekend at Kitzbuehel, Austria with a slalom on a demanding course that started just below Saturday’s shortened downhill run. David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colo.) was the only American finisher in Sunday’s Kitzbuehel slalom, taking 26th place. Mattias Hargin of Sweden won the race, with Austrian Marcel Hirscher in second and Felix Neureuther of Germany in third.
Photo: Lindsey Vonn is all smiles after win number 64 in Kitzbuhel super G (Lindsey Vonn/Facebook)