USA’s Lindsey Vonn won her seventh World Cup event of the season at Cortina d’Ampezzo where she dominated the fourth Super-G race of the winter raced on the splendid and challenging ‘Tofana-Olimpia’ course overlooked by the beautiful summits of the Dolomites.
It was victory number 29 on the World Cup tour for the skier from Vail, Colorado. She recently beat all her rivals in the recent four downhills, in one Super-combined and one Super-G. Basically, Vonn is unbeaten in the speed events since the races at Haus in Ennstal, in Austria two weeks ago.
Her demonstration of joy after crossing the finish line with a new best time clearly showed how important this new success has been for the 25-year-old American who went through disappointing moments at the recent technical events in Flachau and Maribor.
“It means a lot to me to win that race here, I never won the Super-G here and it was a big goal for me,” she said afterwards. “It was a great day today, I was really attacking and I skied very aggressively. I still made a small mistake in the bottom part, and I was nervous not to be able to ski fast enough after it,” added the two-time World Champion who regained the lead in the Overall World Cup standings from her friend Maria Riesch after that race.
“I’m really happy, it couldn’t be getting any better for me right now in the speed disciplines. It’s nice to have the confidence back after the difficult last week of technical races. »
“It's always nerve-racking. Every race I'm nervous and adrenaline is pumping and you never really know how you're going to do,” Vonn also said. “Super G is a really tricky event because you have that one inspection and you have to execute. I knew there were some really tricky sections of this course but if I attacked, even if I made mistakes, things would be OK.”
“When you get to the finish line and you see No. 1, it's a big sigh of relief. Obviously also tons of happiness. It's so rewarding when you have success like that. I've worked really hard and it's so awesome when things come together like this.”
“Cortina is a special place for me, in my heart,” she continued. “I scored my first World Cup podium here six years ago and I love racing here so much. It’s a fun course and the conditions are mostly excellent and so many great skiers have done so well here in the past.”
With only a few technical races left on the remaining World Cup calendar, Vonn chances to retain once more her Overall title got stronger – as long as she keeps on adding the ‘big’ points at that tremendous pace.
“I'm pretty positive, pretty optimistic right now,” she admitted afterwards. “There aren't too many technical events left, so if I can execute the next couple weeks, I hope that things should be looking better,” she also explained.
“I'm happy just the way things are,” Vonn added. “It’s great to achieve such a winning streak. Confidence builds up. Yet you just have to keep fighting and doing the best that you can. You can never be satisfied. You can never think that you've won before you've gone out of the starting gate. For me the challenge is to constantly have a better run and learn from my mistakes, pushing myself further and further. I feel like I have a lot of challenge from a lot of girls. Anja Paerson for one. She’s out there attacking. I know she's going to be really, really hungry tomorrow for a win.”
Fortunately for her, Lindsey Vonn has set herself a ‘simple’ strategy. “I just have to do the same thing tomorrow as I did today,” she told the press.
Another victory on Saturday would put Vonn only two wins behind Bode Miller’s US record of 32 triumphs. She would also get closer to the prestigious mark of ten victories in a winter that only a few champions managed to pass in recent years. The overall record of 14 season-wins has been established by Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider with 14 wins during the 1988/89 winter