Alpine Programs

Vonn Boosts World Cup Overall Lead

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USSA
2012-01-21 06:30
 

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (Jan. 21) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) missed the Kranjska Gora giant slalom podium by three hundredths of a second to finish fourth, yet boosted her Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall lead to 296 over local Tina Maze. The Olympic downhill champion slipped a few gates before the finish and dropped both hands in the snow, but made a quick recovery to stay on an icy course conquered by Tessa Worley of France. Vonn now sits third in the World Cup giant slalom standings.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lindsey Vonn missed the World Cup giant slalom podium by .03 to finish fourth in Kranjska Gora
  • The result boosts her World Cup overall lead to 296 points over Slovenian Tina Maze
  • Vonn, who won the opening GS in Soelden, now sits third in the World Cup giant slalom standings
  • Vonn made a spectacular recovery a few gates from the finish to save going out of the race
  • First run leader Elisabeth Goergl went out in the second run as Tessa Worley of France won
  • Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) finished 19th. Resi Stiegler and Megan McJames did not qualify for the final
  • A decision was made two weeks ago to move the race to Kranjska Gora from Maribor due to of lack of snow
  • A slalom is scheduled for Sunday in Kranjska Gora with teem Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) returning to action

 

QUOTES
Alex Hoedlmoser

Everybody had mistakes today, it was a really tough course. It was icy and bumpy and hard to stay with it.

Lindsey had an OK first run, but she was really charging in the second run. We thought she was going to take the lead, but then she slipped a few gates from the finish and actually had to put both hands on the snow to save it. Without that, she might have been in it for another GS win. Still, she took some great points today and is consistently showing that she can challenge for the top of the podium in GS.

Julia was fighting pretty hard today, but was having trouble releasing her ski. It was almost like her edges were too sharp and they kept locking up on the ice.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=AL&raceid=69883