Alpine

Vonn Takes World Cup Win 75

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USSA
2016-01-24 07:43
 

CORTINA, Italy (Jan. 24, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) notched another Audi FIS Ski World Cup victory, number 75, Sunday in super G and moved into the overall World Cup lead.

Vonn took victory No. 75 in commanding fashion by 0.69 over Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg was third. Lara Gut of Switzerland held the overall World Cup lead by 10 points over Vonn coming into Sunday’s super G, but finished fifth and surrendered the lead to Vonn by 45 points in what has become a back and forth battle for the overall.

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Lindsey Vonn notched victory number 75 in Sunday’s super G in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Francis Bompard)

“This weekend has been incredible,” said Vonn, who also won Saturday’s downhill. “I feel like all the speed weekends have been amazing. I’m just skiing really well, skiing confident.”

Five Americans finished in the World Cup points Sunday. Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) was eighth, Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) 14th, Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) 28th and Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO) scored her first World Cup points, finishing 30th. Abby Ghent (Edwards, CO) was 36th.

“Super G is definitely a tougher event for me: I have no consistency in it at all, so I’m happy when I can throw down a run that is in there with some of the best,” said Cook, who scored a career-best World Cup result Sunday. “I’m really psyched about the time, more psyched about how fun it was, because the snow was about as perfect as you could ever ask for.”

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Stacey Cook posted a career-best World Cup super G results Sunday in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Francis Bompard)

Vonn won for the 11th time at Cortina, sweeping both the downhill and super G at the Italian resort for the third time in her career.

“This place is incredibly special for me,” Vonn said. “I’ve broken quite a few records here. I’m always confident and happy here when I’m in the starting gate, and I think that shows with my skiing. I wish we had more races here.”

Swiss ski team coach Roland Platzer set a tight, technical course for the women on Sunday; one that many felt didn’t favor Vonn’s skiing style. But she proved them wrong.

“It was interesting to see the course set today,” Vonn said. “It was a set a little bit more technical, and people thought that maybe I wouldn’t be able to win with that set, but I skied well. I’m a good turner!”

Lindsey Vonns skis to a win in the Cortina super G.

Now comes the toughest part of the day for Vonn, staying up late to cheer on her Denver Broncos in Sunday’s NFL AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots,.

“Big game, Patriots, Broncos, it’s going to be pretty exciting,” Vonn said. “It’s kind of tough for me because I like Tom (Brady), because he is an Under Armour athlete, but I got to stick with my Broncos tonight.”

Up next, the women head to Maribor, Slovenia for giant slalom and slalom events Jan. 30-31. Then off to Garmisch, Germany for downhill and super G races Feb. 6-7.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lindsey Vonn won her 75th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup race Sunday in super G.
  • Vonn now leads the overall World Cup standings by 45 points over Lara Gut
  • Vonn has won 11 World Cup races (downhill and super G) at Cortina.
  • Stacy Cook scored a career-best World Cup super G finish in 8th Sunday.
  • Anna Marno scored her first career World Cup points, finishing 30th Sunday.
  • Vonn also leads the overall super G and downhill World Cup standings.

QUOTES

Lindsey Vonn
This weekend has been incredible. I feel like all the speed weekends have been amazing. I’m just skiing really well, skiing confident.

It was interesting to see the course set today. It was a set a little bit more technical, and people thought that maybe I wouldn’t be able to win with that set, but I skied well. I’m a good turner!

The snow here is absolutely perfect. This place is incredibly special for me. I’ve broken quite a few records here now; I enjoy the time here. I’m always confident and happy here when I’m in the starting gate and I think that shows with my skiing. I wish we had more races here.

[On today’s NFL AFC Championship Game] Big game, Patriots, Broncos, it’s going to be pretty exciting. Hopefully I can stay awake to watch it. It’s kind of tough for me because I like Tom (Brady), because he is an Under Armour athlete, but I got to stick with my Broncos tonight.

Stacey Cook grabs eighth in the Cortina super G.

Stacey Cook
Super G is definitely a tougher event for me, I have no consistency in it at all, so I’m happy when I can throw down a run that is in there with some of the best. I’m really psyched about the time, more psyched about how fun it was, because the snow was about as perfect as you could ever ask for.

I was maybe a little passive in the middle part (of the course today), in the turns. My confidence isn’t quite there, buts it’s growing and growing and this definitely helps.

RESULTS
Women’s super G