Vonn Wins Record 18th World Cup Super G
BANSKO, Bulgaria (Feb. 26) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) made up an astounding .61 deficit on the bottom half of a bumpy Bansko speed track to notch a historic 18th career super G win and pass Austrian Renate Goetschl in the women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour record books. The victory, her 10th this season, rocketed Vonn to a 94 point discipline lead going into the season's last race at World Cup Finals and boosted her overall World Cup lead total to 528 with nine races left on the calendar.
- Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) won a historic 18th super G passing Austrian Renate Goetschl in the record books.
- Vonn overcame a huge .61 time deficit after a mid-run mistake with a fast line on the bottom of the course.
- It was Vonn's 10th win this season (career 51) and moved her into a 94 point lead in the super G standings with one race remaining.
- Vonn's overall point total is now 528 over Slovenian Tina Maze with nine races left in the World Cup season.
- Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein was second, a mere .05 behind Vonn.
- Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was eighth, Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) 18th, Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) 24th and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 29th.
- Vonn, Mancuso and Smith have qualified in super G for for the March 11-18 World Cup Finals in Schladming, Austria.
- The World Cup tour moves to Ofterschwang, Germany for a slalom and two giant slalom races.
I didn't know that I had passed Renate for super G wins. That definitely feels good. I think that's the only record that I'm at the top of for World Cup.
I tried to give myself a lot of direction for that gate because I was on a pretty bumpy sidehill and I just hit one of the bumps funny and went shooting downhill in the opposite direction that I wanted. I was way offline and had to chuck it sideways, but thankfully the pitch was pretty steep and I was able to accellerate out of that mistake.
I had to really push the line and take a lot of risk from there down. It was a little bit more direct than I had inspected. I would have liked to have not risked that much, but it worked out.
There's a lot of giant slalom races left so I'm looking forward to hopefully get another win this season to try and get the giant slalom globe. But today was big points for the super G title and again for the overall title. Things are shaping up really well.
Alex Hoedlmoser, Head Coach
Lindsey [Vonn] and Julia [Mancuso] will join the tech team in Ofterschwang later this week for two giant slalom races and a slalom, but the other ahletes will head home for a break before World Cup Finals. It's a huge accomplishment to have so many qualify for finals, so they'll get some rest and then head back over for a training camp before Schladming.