Vonn 080110 Erich Spiess/Red Bull Photofiles

Reigning world champion skier Lindsey Vonn’s arm injury continued to hamper this year’s campaign as she once again struggled, this time in the slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, losing her overall lead in the women’s standings to great friend and rival Maria Riesch.

While Vonn has continued to do well in downhill, winning last weekend, she has found the more technical disciplines tougher going since her injury in December’s giant slalom at Lienz. Having crashed in the giant slalom on Tuesday at Flachau, she also crashed in yesterday’s Maribor GS. Today, she failed to progress beyond the first run and eventually finished 46th, after a run where she found it hard to follow the optimum line, losing a lot of time through the gates.

'There are a lot of speed races left and Lindsey will be hard to beat again.' –Maria Riesch

Kathrin Zettel of Austria, herself just at the end of the comeback trail after injury, sealed her second victory in consecutive days after winning yesterday’s event, but it was Maria Riesch’s third place today that tipped the balance in the World Cup picture.

But though Riesch now has a 28-point advantage, she is still keenly aware that, with 13 more events, the show is far from over, especially as the speedier disciplines in which Vonn excels will dominate the rest of the season.

“It's nice to be the leader,” Riesch commented, “but there are a lot of speed races left and Lindsey will be hard to beat again.”

For more results and stats, head to fis-ski.com.


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