Vonn and Riesch take top two spots in Cortina SG

January 23rd, 2011

Vonn puts pain out of mind to win in Cortina

Just when it seemed that it would be a double victory for Maria Riesch, Lindsey Vonn came down one number after her and posted faster times the whole way down. This was a lady on a mission. Talking after the race Vonn explained that "It was tough to charge today because my knee was really sore. Mentally, I just had to put it out of my head - every point is so important right now. I really wanted to gain some more ground on Maria this weekend than what I did, so I'm just going to have to go that much harder next week in Sestriere."

Maria Riesch skied a super impressive run. Riesch’s third split had people in awe as she craved her way down the course: Low in the tuck, smooth lines and tight to the ideal line. This had the purists watching in awe and people were already handing her victory.

There is nothing like a wounded Vonn though to upset the applecart. Vonn was faster at every split and showed she will not be giving up her Title without a fight. Vonn was just that little bit ahead of the German at every split but the way that Riesch had killed the lower section meant that there was that element of question: Could she match the German?
The answer was a simple yes. Vonn put her everything into the run and the reward was the win she craved. The gap at the bottom was five hundredths but in terms of the race for the Overall it was twenty points. After the win yesterday for Riesch, this was retaliation for the American. This was the 39th career win, 13th in Super G and sixth this season for Vonn.

After the race, Riesch explained: “"It was not perfect, but a very good run," enthused Riesch. "After the ninth on Friday, I am very satisfied with the outcome, even if I was lacking in the end five hundredths of a victory."

1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Maria Riesch (GER) HEAD
3. Lara Gut
5. Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD
7. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
27. Steffie Moser (AUT) HEAD