In the last race prior to the Christmas break, Lindsey Vonn achieved another podium finish at Val d’Isère after taking the win in Super-combined on Friday as she finished 3rd on Sunday in the Super-G race. It’s her sixth podium of the season and it puts her 50 points ahead of rival and friend Maria Riesch in the Overall World Cup standings going into the holidays. The defending Overall champion has now been on the podium in every discipline but giant slalom this year. She already amassed an impressive total of 53 World Cup podiums so far in her career.
"I was a little bit disappointed with my run today, I thought I didn't execute very well in the top part of the course," the double World Champion said. "I also missed the timing on one gate and I feel like I lost the rhythm for the rest of the top," Vonn added. "I wasn't as aggressive as I should have been, but I picked it up on the bottom and all in all I'm happy with the day. It was a solid result and a good end to a good weekend."
A five-time winner in Super-G last season, Lindsey was 2nd at Lake Louise earlier this month before being 3rd this time.
According to the American, a lack of rhythm combined with tough course conditions made for a difficult race day. "It was a tricky course today," she explained. "It would be straight for a few gates, then really turny. I feel like I could just never get into the rhythm. You have to overcome those kinds of conditions. I think I did an ok job today, but definitely could have done better. I'm definitely going to look at the video and see where I can improve for the next races."
Vonn, who bested the freezing cold temperatures and tricky conditions for her third, was also sorry to have lost an opportunity to ski downhill in Val d'Isère where she already won five competitions in total including her two golden ones last February. "I'm still a little disappointed about losing the downhill race yesterday, but bad weather happens and you just have to stay positive," she said. She was definitely aiming for her first hat-trick in downhill after having dominated both races at Lake Louise three weeks ago.
The skier from Vail, Colorado, is now looking forward for an enjoyable break with her good friend Maria in her house at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Both champions are clearly leading the Overall standings prior the next technical events at Lienz, in Austria, a few days before New Year Eve.