Lindsey Vonn had a huge weekend in Tarvisio, Italy, wrapping up a total of three World Cup discipline titles for the 2011 season and closing the gap on Maria Riesch in the hunt for Vonn’s fourth consecutive overall title.
Starting on Friday, Vonn logged the fastest downhill and third-fastest slalom times in the super combined race to finish second, thus securing her tenth FIS World Cup title.
"It was a great day,” Vonn said. “I knew that it was really close with the points and I knew I had to ski a great slalom run to get the title. I don't think it was my best slalom run, but I was aggressive the whole way and that was my goal. Super combined titles are not easy to win because there are only three races so you can't make any mistakes."
Vonn then finished second in Saturday’s downhill race, which put the 2011 downhill title – her fourth in a row – in her hands as well. Vonn gained 40 points in the overall race on leader Maria Riesch, who finished sixth in the downhill.
It was a similar story on Sunday, with Vonn winning the super G race, earning her 41st World Cup win and her third consecutive super G title. Riesch finished third, slipping to a 96-point lead over Vonn in the overall standings with six races remaining this season.
“Three titles in three days is awesome,” Vonn commented after her impressive weekend. “I'm really happy with the way this whole weekend turned out. I'm especially happy with the super combined title."
“It’s been a great end of the season so far,” she continued. “I’m really relaxed and really happy. The points between Maria and me toward the overall – it’s definitely getting tighter, but it’s still her title to lose. She still has the advantage. I’m just going to keep fighting and do my best to give Maria a run for her money.”
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