Vonn moves to second equal on the all time win list
Lindsey Vonn made it win number 6 in a row with a thrilling and inspiring run down the Men’s Olympic Course in Lake Louise. In the first race she had the luck of the weather gods and in the second she powered her way to the win, fighting the elements as well as recovering from a potentially crushing mistake to win. Vonn had the look of a racer who had used her “get out of jail free card” as she saw her name in the lead after she had crossed the line to win. This was a win that demonstrated just what an immense talent and star the HEAD World Cup Rebel is. Stacey Cook was second again and Swiss talent Marianne Kaufman-Abderhalden made it two HEAD World Cup rebels on the podium for the second straight race.
After the race Vonn explained what had happened: “I had a lot of speed, hit some bumps, and was going into the net and somehow pulled it off and definitely still carried some speed onto the flats and made up all the time I lost. It was definitely a bumpy ride today but thankfully I was still able to ski well and still somehow win.” At the time of her mistake, Vonn found herself in unfamiliar territory yet never gave up and from a deficit of half a second she crossed the finish line with a half second advantage.
An overjoyed Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden who hasn't seen the podium since 2010 in Crans-Montana was ecstatic with her finish, smiling ear to ear. “My run was very good. The last part of my run I think was very fast.”
With two on the podium, Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Anna Fenninger and Julia Mancuso made it five Rebels in the top nine finishers to underline the dominance of the brand amongst the speed racers.
The race was marred by poor weather and Hoefl-Riesch was unlucky to have the race stopped briefly after her run to allow the weather to improve. Hoefl-Riesch commented after the race “you cannot stop a race after it snows a few flakes. I do not quarrel with that as I do not think that I skied that well.”
Vonn has a perfect two from two in the Downhill this season and the win also brings her closer in the race for the Overall, she is now up to fourth overall.
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Stacey Cook (USA)
3. Marianne Kaufman-Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD
6. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
8. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
9. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
29. Lizzi Goergl (AUT) HEAD