Defending overall world champion Lindsey Vonn has jumped back to the top of the FIS Women’s World Cup standings after a perfect run in the Super-G in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy produced her seventh win of the season.
The 25-year-old alpine queen, who also tops the Super-G standings, showed in the most emphatic style possible that she is back to her best after a run of three technical races in which she failed to gain a single point.
'I feel like I know what I have to do now.' -Lindsey Vonn
She sped down the twisting Olympia delle Tofane course in a time of 1 minute 21.74 seconds to come home 0.67 seconds ahead of closest challenger Fabienne Suter of Switzerland, while Sweden’s Anja Paerson was 0.74 seconds off the pace in third place.
Vonn is now 56 points clear of Maria Riesch at the top of the overall standings.
"Speed keeps me happy. Even after a bad week in Maribor and Flachau, the speed skiing gives me confidence. I feel like I know what I have to do now. I come out of the starting gate knowing how hard I have to ski.”
German Riesch could only finish 15th after making a major mistake midway down – the Super-G is the only discipline in which she has failed to finish on the podium this season.
Vonn will be looking to pick up more vital points in the downhill and giant slalom races in Italy later this weekend. She'll also have another chance in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the next stop on the women's tour and the final one before the 2010 Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver on February 12.
"Things are going well right now in the speed events, but a lot can change in a couple weeks," says Lindsey. "Hopefully I can keep my confidence up and get one medal. Nothing is guaranteed in life - ever - and at the Olympics, too, so I have to ski hard."
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