Despite a wide turn at the women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in Zauchensee, Austria, on Saturday, Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn recovered to make up time in the bottom section of the course to take the win by .43 seconds.
"I don't know what's gotten into me this year,” Vonn said after the race. “I seem to be making big mistakes in almost every downhill that I race in and still have a good result. For me, it's just a matter of keeping my cool. It's just belief and staying cool even though you make mistakes."
Lindsey Vonn’s Weekend in Zauchensee
- Won Saturday’s downhill race, her second World Cup win in Zauchensee
- Finished second in Super G on Sunday
- Gained 90 points on World Cup overall leader Maria Reisch
Despite warm temperatures and taking a wide turn on Lechwald or the "Milka Turn" as it's known to U.S. coaches, Vonn proved once again she is the queen of speed, blazing through the final section to log the fastest time.
"It definitely got wild. I came into the last section with a lot of speed. I had a good line coming in, but I must have hit some soft snow," explained Vonn. "It cost me a lot of speed. I knew if I could carry my speed on the next left-footed turn I could make some time up on the last couple of turns. I guess I did that, but it was tough."
Closing in on Another Overall Title
Sweden's Anja Paerson finished behind Vonn in second with Austria's Anna Fenninger in third. Current overall leader Maria Reisch finished fourth. Vonn gained 50 points on Reisch with the downhill result, then returned on Sunday to take second in the Super G race, gaining another 40 points on Reisch in the overall standings. Vonn currently leads the downhill, Super G and combined rankings, and sits second in the overall rankings, 96 points behind Reisch.
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