Vonn 8th as Women Move to Sochi

2012-02-12 05:47

SOLDEU-GRANDVALIRA, Andorra (Feb. 12) - Three-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was hit by gusts of swirling wind, yet powered to eighth in the Soldeu giant slalom. Tessa Worely of France won to overtake the giant slalom points lead as Slovenia's Tina Maze was second to cut Vonn's still sizeable overall lead to 410 points with six weeks remaining in the season. The women's World Cup tour now moves to Sochi, Russia for a downhill and super combined, which will serve as test events for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.


  • Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) battled a swirling winds to lead Americans with eighth in the Soldeu World Cup giant slalom
  • Wind continued to plague the weekend blowing inconsistently throughout the race and lowering the second run start by 20 seconds
  • Wind canceled a rescheduled giant slalom that was to take place on Friday, Feb. 10
  • Tessa Worley of France won to overtake the giant slalom points lead, Vonn sits fourth by 61 points
  • Slovenian Tina Maze was second to bump Vonn's still sizeable overall lead to 410 with six weeks left in the season
  • Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was 16th and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) 26th for the first World Cup giant slalom pionts of her career
  • The women's tour moves to Sochi, Russia for 2014 Olympic Winter Games test events of downhill and super combined
  • Vonn also leads the downhill, super G and super combined points with Sochi as the final super cobined of the season


Lindsey Vonn

It's not at all what I had in mind when I came here. I was looking for podiums and the first giant slalom was canceled, I skied out oft the slalom and finished eighth here. It's an obvious disappointment.

Unfortunately, I made a really big mistake right in the middle of the course going onto the flat and lost a lot of time.

I'm really excited to go to Sochi. It's the first chance we're going to have to look at the Olympic course. I've heard a lot of things about it, but I've never seen it. It will be my first trip to Russia so I'm really looking foreward to getting a oood look at the course and hopefully puting down a few good runs on it so I can prepare myself for the Olympics.

Mikaela Shiffrin
It was really windy again today. It was kind of unfair because I knew Liz Goergl got a huge gust of wind just as she went and I'm sure a lot of girls had the same issue.

But take away the wind and both courses were really awesome - I love the hill. Both the slalom and the giant slalom were really fun.

All year I've been so frustrated with giant slalom because I get down and I don't feel like I've skied very well and then to top it off I don't get a second run to try and make it better.

So finally I got the second run and I coudn't be more excited. This entire experience in Andorra has been great. I hope we get to come back here.

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