Vonn wins in Are, Riesch third

February 26th, 2011

Vonn keeps the record going with Victory in Are.

Lindsey Vonn is back to her best with victory in the downhill in Are, Sweden. The twenty six year old from America overcame the determined challenge from Tina Maze to keep the impressive record that HEAD ski racers have in the women’s downhill: Not since February 2009 has a racer on another brand of skis won a Women’s downhill in the World Cup, Olympics or World Championships. With Maria Riesch taking third in the race as well, this was another successful day for HEAD racers.

The Are course caused problems for some of the more fancied racers including Anja Paerson who had won the first training run and also Lizz Goergl, the new World Champion. Vonn proved the master of the course with a time of 1:40.93. Vonn’s win was her 40th World Cup win and this now places her fifth on the all time list. Afterwards she said: “The course today was tough and had some difficult turns. I like the snow in Are as it is similar to what I find in Colorado. Also, I am used to the Scandinavian slopes because my husband got relatives in Norway. Every skier has their own way of skiing and we all have our favourite courses and Are apparently suits me well,” Vonn said. "After Garmisch, I needed a break both mentally and physically and that time off did exactly what I needed it to do. I'm skiing like I know I can, I'm focused and back on the top of the podium.I don't like to think about records all that much because my goal is always to win races. If you win races, then hopefully the records follow."

"Today was tough, it was pretty dark and you had to be extremely clean to be fast – that's a difficult combination. We have a super G tomorrow and I'm hoping to gain some more ground back on Maria, but there's still a lot of races left in this season and Maria is skiing incredibly well."

"It went really well despite the challenging course setting. It wasn’t an easy race and it was hard to find a perfect line. It was hard to turn the skis on time in the turns and on the knolls due to the way the course was set but overall I really like the hill and the snow here in Are," Riesch said after the race.

Maria Riesch still leads the Overall standings from Lindsey Vonn with Lizz Goergl third.

In the Men’s Super Combined in Bansko, Ted Ligety placed fourth as the best HEAD racer.

1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Tina Maze
3. Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD
10 Marianne Abderholden (SUI) HEAD
13 Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
30 Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD