Lindsey Vonn gets a celebratory ride on the shoulders of her coaches after winning in Soelden. (U.S. Ski Team/Tom Kelly)
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 22) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) picked the toughest women's giant slalom course on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup to pick up her first career win to open the 2011-12 season on the Rettenbach Glacier in Soelden. The victory completed a sweep of wins in all five World Cup disciplines for Vonn. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was 10th as the U.S. Ski Team debuted at its new European Training Base in Soelden. Reigning Audi FIS World Cup GS champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) will lead the U.S. men in Sunday's giant slalom. The men and women are back in action Nov. 12-13 with slaloms in Levi, Finland.
- Vonn's 42nd career Audi FIS World Cup win (1st in GS)
- Vonn nailed the win with a stunning bottom section on the second run
- Becomes fifth woman in Audi FIS World Cup history to win in all five disciplines
- First U.S. women's GS win since Julie Parisien (3/22/91 - Waterville Valley)
- First U.S. women's GS win in Europe since Tamara McKinney (3/21/84 - Zwiesel)
- Vonn is now tied with Swede Anja Paerson at fourth in the all time World Cup wins list with 42 (Annemarie Moser-Proell leads with 62)
- Sarah Schleper, nursing a sore back, started the first run but pulled out
ATHLETE QUOTES - Lindsey Vonn
This is totally amazing, I didn’t expect it to happen today.
I was very nervous today prior the race and I spoke a long time with my coaches. I was just afraid I was going to ski like a wimp.
I felt comfortable in giant slalom the past few months but I couldn't train properly the past few days after a bad crash last week here so it was tough for me today.
I didn’t want to take too many risks but I knew what I had to do to be fast, especially in the lower gliding section.
It has always been a goal for me to win in all five disciplines and I’m very proud to have achieved it. It means a lot! I have worked really hard to be fast in all events so it is great to see that my work has paid off.
It’s fun to be already in the lead in the overall but the season is still long. Of course, it’s a great boost for my morale. It could not have started better for me.
This season I plan to ski in all the races again. I was very motivated this summer during my training camps because I knew that it has become really crucial for my chances for the overall title. But I had to improve my level in the technical disciplines to have a serious shot at it.