HEAD 1 – 2 – 3 in Tarvisio Downhill
Not for the first time this season, The HEAD Speedoholics captured the podium. Anja Paerson, Lindsey Vonn and Lizz Goergl took the podium places but for Lindsey Vonn, her second place secured enough points to give her an unassailable lead in the Downhill World Cup. Two days and this was the second Crystal Globe secured by the American HEAD racer.
This was Anja Paerson’s sixth World Cup Downhill win but the first since winning in Zauchensee, Austria in January, 2009. The joy on her face, especially after the knee injury incurred last week, was there for all to see. “I had a bit of luck that we didn’t ski from the top of the course, so I could stay fit for the whole run,” said Paerson, who injured her knee last weekend in Are. “Coming into the finish, it didn’t feel great after those big jumps in the middle, but I’m very happy with the win today. I’ve had a bit of a struggle this year.” This was career win number 42 for the Swede, placing her fourth on the all time list!
Yet again the Women had to battle the elements with fog causing the start to be lowered to the reserve start. By the time the start was due, the fog had burnt off yet the decision had been made. With the top seeds lead off by Maria Riesch, a small error that allowed her left ski to escape her momentarily meant that her challenge and faint hopes of prolonging her Downhill World Cup Challenge rested with others. Riesch came down into third place but was soon down in sixth, only the second time this season in Downhill that she has missed the podium.
Paerson, Vonn and Goergl all nailed the sun drenched course. Vonn initially taking the lead only to be usurped by the Swede with Goergl pushing Riesch further back by taking the last podium spot. Vonn’s second place also moved her closer to Riesch in the race for the Overall: “It’s definitely a long shot at this point and it’s still Maria’s title to lose but I’m chugging a way and trying to win as many races as I can. I’m skiing with nothing to lose so it makes things easier for me,” said Vonn. “I just have to go out there and ski my race and try to win.”
Paerson’s near on three quarter of a second win continues the Downhill run of victories for HEAD racers since 2009. This was also the fourth year in a row that Vonn has won the Downhill Crystal Globe.
1. Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
2. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
3. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
6. Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD
8. Marianne Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD
18. Stefanie Moser (AUT) HEAD
22. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD