American Women Sweep Lake Louise
LAKE LOUISE, AB (Dec. 2) - In a day full of superlatives, Lindsey Vonn took an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup record seventh straight win in Lake Louise with U.S. Ski Team teammate Julia Mancuso second to complete a one-two U.S. women's sweep of the weekend. Vonn came down 21st in a snowy, foggy super G to knock Mancuso out of the lead. Leanne Smith was the early leader and finished eighth. Five U.S. women cracked the top 30. Vonn's 56th career win put her alone in second on the all time victory list behind Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell's 62. She also became only the fourth woman to score 100 podiums. The women now head to St. Moritz, Switzerland for a super G, super combined and giant slalom next weekend.
- Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) won her seventh straight Lake Louise World Cup to lead the U.S. Ski Team to a one-two weekend sweep with Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) second.
- It was Vonn's 56th career World Cup win putting her alone in second on the all time victory list behind Annemarie Moser-Proell's 62. Vonn also became the fourth woman in history to earn 100 podiums.
- Early leader Leanne Smith (Conway, NH) was eighth, Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) 13th and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 29th.
- The Best in the World U.S. women's speed team racked up a staggering 722 World Cup points over three days.
- Vonn's win boosted her into third in the Audi FIS World Cup standings behind leader Tina Maze, 397-310 despite Vonn having skipped two races this season. Cook is fifth in the overall.
- The women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup heads next weekend to St. Moritz, Switzerland for a super combined, super G and giant slalom.
This weekend was a huge boost for my confidence. I was definitely feeling extremely low after being in the hospital and my poor result in Aspen. But I knew if there was a place to turn it around it was Lake Louise. So I just tried to get myself every opportunity to rest and recover for the races this weekend.
Every athlete has their favorite hill where they feel confident and comfortable. I know the hill like the back of my hand and have confidence knowing I have won here in the past.
I'm just happy - it was a good run and I'm excited to start the season off with a podium. I had confidence from skiing well here in the past. The downhill went pretty well for me so it was just a matter of getting going.
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