Lindsey Vonn continues to impress on the FIS World Cup circuit. When she traveled to Tarvisio, Italy, just two weeks ago, she was trailing Maria Riesch by nearly 200 points in the overall standings. Vonn left Tarvisio with three World Cup titles, and with a strong performance in yesterday’s downhill race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, she regained the overall points lead and now sits 27 points ahead of Riesch.
Although Vonn’s 4th yesterday was not her strongest result of the season, Riesch finished outside of the points positions in 17th.
"I was a little bit nervous a couple hours before the start,” Vonn said after the race, “but once I got up there I knew what I had to do. I had to really ski my best and I came out there charging today. Unfortunately, I made a mistake at the top and I think it cost me quite a bit of time."
"This has been one of the most exciting seasons and I'm really happy with the way I skied."
"I was really happy with my skiing on the bottom because I've had trouble in that section for both the training runs,” she continued. “I finally executed today and made up some time. Unfortunately not enough time, but fourth place is a great result. It was another exciting day in the hunt for the overall."
Although there were three races left after downhill at the Lenzerheide final, the super G event scheduled for today was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions. Only the slalom and giant slalom races remain, scheduled for March 18th and 19th, respectively.
“I’m only a few points ahead so I still feel like I’m the underdog,” said Vonn. “Maria is dangerous in all events so I have to be ready and on my game in every race.”
"I'm proud to be in the finals and still be in the hunt, considering I was down 200 points only a few weeks ago. No matter what happens, this has been one of the most exciting seasons and I'm really happy with the way I skied. I congratulate Maria as well - she's had an amazing season. We'll see how this week goes and who comes out on top."