There is nothing like a wounded animal fighting back and this was Lindsey Vonn at her very best. A third win in Val d’Isere made her the most successful American Woman on the World Cup and she joined two of the greats of Women’s racing, Annamarie Moser-Proell and Marie Therese Nadig in winning three times in the French resort. But it so nearly was not to be as Vonn made a large mistake coming off the second jump. Despite the horrendously cold weather, Vonn’s win raised the temperature as she also recaptured the lead in the Downhill standings. “I love Val d’Isere,” Vonn said after the race. “I’ve always had a good feeling here and it’s great to have another victory.”
Such is the strength and determination of the American, despite her mistake, she had the strength and determination to power on where lesser racers may not have. “I made a big mistake on the top but thankfully I was able to make up the time,” Vonn said. “I skied well in the middle of the course in the training runs. I knew I could possibly make up some time there today. I wasn’t sure it would be enough for the win. When I got to the finish, I saw it was a good time but I thought for sure Maria would beat me.”
In both races in Canada, when Vonn started before Maria Riesch, the German took the win. This time Vonn expected the same to happen but Riesch explained her run just as “slow”. The fresh snow had caused some racers to be disappointed with their runs but sometimes these things happen. Riesch was matter of fact about the result by saying that “if you want to be a great skier you have to be good on all types of snow.”
While Vonn was coming down, Lizz Goergl was sitting in third but had to be content with fourth place after Vonn swept into the lead. Vonn does not like being beaten and this is how great skiers react to defeat – they get back on their skis and put in superlative performances.
Ski racing is a strange beast at times yet as Riesch pointed out, to be a great skier, you have to be a great skier on all surfaces and this is what Vonn is constantly proving on her HEAD skis. Yet again eight racers from HEAD made the top thirty.
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Nadja Kamer (SUI)
3. Lara Gut (SUI)
4. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
7 Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
9 Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
16 Marianne Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD
19 Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
21 Margret Altacher (AUT) HEAD
24 Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD