First hat-trick for Lindsey Vonn

January 10th, 2010

More than ten years after Germany’s Katja Seizinger, Lindsey Vonn became one of the few champions able to win a third race in three days as she captured the Super-G competition at Haus im Ennstal following her two triumphs in downhill on Friday and Saturday.

After finishing twice on the podium at Lake Louise and Val d’Isère earlier this season in that event, the 25-year-old HEAD champion beat all the favorites again at Haus im Ennstal, to win her first Super-G race since the 2009 World Cup Finals at Åre, Sweden. Last season, the double World Champion managed to capture five consecutive Super-G races including at the Val d’Isère FIS World Championships. This year she came close to that hat-trick at Lake Louise where she was 2nd in the Super-G after winning the first two downhills.

With this 28th career win, Lindsey is also increasing her lead in the Overall standings on her closest rivals, Maria Riesch and Anja Paerson, 2nd today. So the skier from Vail had many reasons to be happy with her weekend and her form.

"It’s good to know that I can do it," the American said with a great smile after the race. "There was definitely a little bit more pressure today because everybody was wanting me to do the three in a row, and I wanted to do it myself, so it’s just good to know that I can ski well under pressure, and it just gives me more and more confidence going into Vancouver,” she added.

An awesome course for Lindsey

"The course was awesome, I had so much fun," Lindey also said. "The snow was in perfect condition and I just let it go. I didn’t concentrate too much on all the tactics, I just tried to really charge as much as I could. I watched the race on TV at the start and I exactly knew how to charge the course. "

"Everything’s fitting really well together – my serviceman, my skis, my tactics, my coaches, everything’s going so well, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Sometimes you have this perfect day were everything is coming along together. It was a fine limit to find between being smart and aggressive. I carried some speed until the very end, especially in the bottom part. The whole weekend was such an experience. This moment is crazy."

Vonn, who trailed Sweden’s Anja Paerson at the first interval but picked up steam through the middle section of the course to cross the line over half a second ahead, said she just tried to keep it simple and ski a clean run.

"I’m proud of myself," Vonn commented about her hat-trick. "It’s not easy to do. I was tired today, and it’s hard to stay focused, but I did it, now I’m done - now I’m just going to try to recover for the next slalom at Flachau in two days."

Lindsey now leads the Overall World Cup standings by 192 points over Maria Riesch of Germany, the downhill by 164 over Riesch, the Super G by 95 over Swiss Nadia Styger, and the Super combined by 20 points – also over Riesch.

The next women’s race in scheduled on Tuesday night at nearby Flachau.