Defending Overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn didn’t need long showing her determination to achieve her usual successful start in downhill at Lake Louise where she celebrated her very first World Cup win five years ago.
The 25-year-old athlete from Minnesota now living at Vail, Colorado, clearly clocked the fastest time in the second training run on the perfectly prepared ‘Men’s Olympic Downhill Run’ beating by 40/100 of a second her closest rival, Austria’s Maria Holaus. She was a relaxed 6th on Thursday after standing up in the final part of the run.
Vonn, the most successful female US skier on the World Cup tour with a total of 22 wins, was happy by her performance on Wednesday.
“It’s great news, I didn’t really expect it as I was foremost focusing on finding a good line in the middle technically more demanding section and I stood up at the end,” said the HEAD champion afterwards. “It’s just a perfect day for skiing fast, the snow is harder and the course more challenging than yesterday. I feel extremely confident here, I have been coming for many years to Lake Louise. I like this course which perfectly suits my style.”
“It’s possible for me to ski faster, I’m confident that I still have a faster pair of racing skis and a more efficient ski suit. I hope the course will get harder and more demanding. The rougher it is, the better it is for me.”
“I’m very happy to get back on my downhill skis especially after my last disappointing slalom at Aspen. I have been missing the speed a lot in past weeks and I have a huge smile on my face since coming here. Lake Louise is just a great place where I feel very comfortable.”
“I am extremely familiar with this slope and I know what I have to do in each section of the course. To be so successful in past years also helped me to build up huge self-confidence. At the end of the summer, I can’t wait to be here at the start of that downhill.”
Interestingly enough, Vonn is unbeaten in Super-G since the end of last January – winning a total of five Super-G races in a row including one at the FIS Worlds at Val d’Isère.
“I’m always fighting here for victory, yet mistakes can always happen, it’s part of the game,” she commented. “The most important for me is to I know I have done my part in training to be ready for this I worked hard since the end of last winter and I’m fully focused.”
Another win here would allow her to equal the record of six victories established in the 1990s by Germany Katja Seiziger and eventually to improve it soon!