Vonn and Hoefl-Riesch on podium in Cortina d'Ampezzo
January 14th, 2012

Vonn and Hoefl-Riesch podium in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Lindsey Vonn came as close as she could to getting win number 6 in the Italian resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo but a few small mistakes and gusts of wind across the course half way down meant that she had to give way to Italian Daniela Merighetti. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, coming down at the end of the top seeds put in a much improved performance after her recent bout of flu and despite being ahead of the Italian finished in third at the finish line.

Cortina is as close as it gets to perfection – even the wind blowing across the top part of the course could not ruin the spectacle of racing down the Torfane Course. This has very fast sections combined with long sweeping turns and a big jump into the finish. Racers that win here tend to get lots of wins in Cortina. Lindsey Vonn has won here five times and has six other podium spots.

Vonn had some bad luck at the top of the course as she was hit by a gust of wind that slowed her down and gave her a hard task if she was to top the podium again. While she did close in on the leader, the gap was too much. "I was caught by a huge gust before the final jump. The wind was brutal, it was difficult to drive. But I fought hard and am satisfied with second place. It is not always the case that the sun shines and there is no wind," rued Vonn after her run.

For Maria Hoefl-Riesch, this podium represented more than just a result: “This third place is very important because it is my first podium in a speed discipline this season,” explained the German HEAD racer.

Lizzi Goergl made it into eighth place and although she was happy with her run, she was another to suffer from the wind. “I was pleased with my run,” she explained, “I made hardly any mistakes but I did feel the winds in the middle section.”

This result now sees Lindsey Vonn move further ahead in the Overall race: 244 points ahead in the Overall of Marlies Schild and 127 ahead of Lizzi Goergl in the Downhill points race.

1. Daniela Merighetti (ITA)
2. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
3. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
8. Lizzi Goergl (AUT) HEAD
10. Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD