Svindal and Vonn crowned Downhill World Cup Champions
It was a day of mixed emotions for the HEAD World Cup Rebels in Lenzerheide. With the last race of the Downhill World Cup season being cancelled due to thick fog on the lower half of the course, this meant that neither Aksel Lund Svindal nor Lindsey Vonn could be overtaken in the race for the Downhill Crystal Globes.
Talking just after the Men’s race had been cancelled, Aksel Lund Svindal admitted that he had “mixed emotions. While it is nice to win the Downhill Globe, I also need the points in the race for the Overall,” he explained. “I have never won the Downhill Title before so this is nice,” he added. Ted Ligety, due to have raced the Downhill to pick up points for the Overall said, “this was the thickest fog I have ever seen.” Many of the other racers agreed that this was the right decision.
Svindal admitted that the Downhill Globe was one of his targets for the season. Having already won the Super G title, he will be hoping that the weather changes for the Super G so he can pull points back in the race for the Overall.
While Svindal was celebrating his first Downhill Title, for Lindsey Vonn this was her sixth straight Downhill title and her seventeenth Crystal Globe in her career. This globe makes her the most successful female athlete of all time in terms of Globes won. Not having raced since injuring herself in the Super G at the World Championships in February, this is a supreme achievement. Vonn’s single point victory over Tina Maze was based around her three wins in Lake Louise (two) and Cortina d’Ampezzo and came despite missing the last two races in Meribel and Garmisch.
Having lost the Overall the last time the Finals came to Lenzerheide due to the weather, this was sweet karma for Vonn, she exclaimed.
The combined points of the Men and Women in the Downhill World Cup, made HEAD the most successful brand from the Downhill races.
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Klaus Kroell (AUT)
3. Dominik Paris (ITA)
8. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
10= Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
12. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
25. Mathias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Tina Maze (SLO)
3. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
8. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
9. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
21. Marianne Kaufman-Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD
24. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD