Win number 49 for Vonn; Hoefl-Riesch 2nd in St Moritz
January 28th, 2012

Vonn takes win number 49 in St Moritz Downhill

If she was nervous after the downhill yesterday, this performance by Lindsey Vonn to record her 49th career World Cup win will have made the rest of the women nervous. HEAD World Cup rebel Lindsey Vonn was a massive 1.42 seconds ahead of the rest of the field as she grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck and laid out her intentions. Not even good friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch was able to live with the pace of the American and Hoefl-Riesch was happy enough with second place just ahead of Tina Weirather in third.

This eighth win of the season and second on the bounce was won on the lower half of the course. Vonn trailed Tina Weirather through the first split yet after that the gap between Vonn and the rest of the field just grew and grew. The fantastic weather was being matched by the almost faultless run of Vonn. “I thought I skied well yesterday. Today I stepped it up a little bit more,” Vonn said, “When I crossed the finish line, I didn’t know I would be that far ahead.”

“Mostly I just tried to stay relaxed, I knew where I had to execute the line,” explained Vonn on her run. And this is what she did.

The respect of the rest of the racers is there and Maria Hoefl-Riesch explained that “She skied perfect today again, I try to keep up with her, but at the moment it’s really tough because she’s so good. Maybe there will come a day when I can beat her again.” On her own performance Hoefl-Riesch said: “It’s a great result for me. I’m really happy, especially after yesterday,” Hoefl-Riesch said. “It was a little more bumpy today, I’m glad the visibility was OK. It was still a really nice track.” The result lifts her into third place in the season long standings.

With the record books showing that the next win will be her 50th, Vonn is just trying to stay relaxed and focus on the day to day things. “I’m trying not to think about it because I think that 50 is a pretty substantial point in my career. I’m trying to just stay focused on the race tomorrow; it’s going to be a tough super combined,” she explained.

1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
3. Tina Weirather (LIE)
8. Lizzi Goergl (AUT) HEAD
19. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD