World champion Lindsey Vonn defied her arm injury to maintain her perfect record in this season’s FIS women's World Cup downhill competition, sealing up another win in Haus im Ennstal, Austria, today.
Vonn, who had bruised a bone in her left arm after falling heavily in the giant slalom in Lienz, Austria at the end of last month, clocked a winning time of 1minute 38.84 seconds.
Vonn finished 0.35 seconds clear of Sweden’s Anja Parson in the race replacing the postponed event at Val d'Isere, France, in mid-December, while the woman she leapfrogs at the top of the overall world rankings, Germany's Maria Riesch, finished third.
'This win gives me back my confidence.' -Lindsey Vonn
"I really needed a race like this," she said after earning her 15th downhill win - the 26th victory of her glittering career to date. "After the hard days I've been through, victory was necessary. This is a great start to the sort of weekends I love.
"This win gives me back my confidence. I already know where I can do better. I was good at the top but lower down I made some mistakes. I'm going to look at that again on video."
Riesch, who is now 35 points behind Vonn in the overall standings, reflected on her third-place finish: "I was faster than Lindsey over some sections, but it wasn't a perfect race.
"I'm satisfied with this podium; I'm not too worried about how many points I lost. Lindsey is still tough to beat in the downhill. For it to work, everything has to be perfect for me and she has to make mistakes."
Vonn will be out to further extend her advantage in Saturday’s second downhill ahead of Sunday’s Super-G.
FIS World Cup Downhill Result - Haus im Ennstal
1. Lindsey Vonn 1minute 38.84seconds
2. Anjs Paerson 1:39.19
3. Maria Riesch 1:39.23
4. Nadia Fanchini 1:39.68
5. Marion Rolland 1:39.78
FIS World Cup standings - overall
1. Lindsey Vonn 694 points
2. Maria Riesch 659
3. Kathrin Zettel 569
4. Anja Paerson 426
5. Tina Maze 411