Lindsey Vonn clinched the 16th World Cup title of her career with a sixth-place super G finish Thursday as teammate Julia Mancuso was second to capture the number two spot in the season-long standings (Mitch Gunn - www.sportsphotographer.eu)
SCHLADMING, Austria (March 15) – Adding to her already historic season, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) captured her 16th career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup title with a sixth place finish in Thursday's super G. Teammate Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was second on the day behind German Viktoria Rebensburg to lock the number two spot in the season-long super G standings and jump to fourth in the overall. Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) was fifth for a career best super G as three Americans finished in the top six.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) clinched the 16th World Cup title of her career with a with a sixth place super G finish.
Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was second to finish the season second in the super G standings and jump to fourth in the overall points.
Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) finished fifth, her career-best, giving the U.S. Ski Team three of the top six spots.
Vonn now has 1,948 World Cup points, edging her closer to the single-season record of 2,000, held by Austrian Hermann Maier with two races remaining.
Vonn scrubbed a 1.22 second lead after her speed carried her too low into a turn near the bottom of the course.
German Viktoria Rebensburg won from bib five for the first super G victory of her career.
QUOTES Lindsey Vonn I still got the super G globe so I am happy about that. I just didn’t quite get the 2,000 points but I still have two races left and hopefully I can still get it.
I thought I had a really good run going. Conditions were tough. It was soft again today with really warm temperatures.
I think I had more speed than the coaches anticipated on the bottom and I went too straight into a turn and couldn't hold the line. Sometimes it happens. You aren’t sure how much speed you are going to come to turns with. It was tough to say today because some girls had problems with that gate and some girls didn’t.
I'm realy proud of Jules (Mancuso) and Leanne (Smith). Julia is so strong in super G and is really starting to give me a run for my money and Leanne is showing that she can ski with the best in both downhill and super G. This was a great way for our team to close the speed season.
Julia Mancuso I didn’t make any mistakes, I just skied a clean run. It wasn’t quite fast enough for the win and maybe there are some spots where I could have pushed harder but I am happy with where I started and where I finshed.
The course is a lot of fun but I think this kind of snow gets slower and slower the more racers go on it and you still have a chance to win, you just have to ski really, really well.
I think it’s a really good hill. It’s always nice to have courses that are set because of the terrain. There are a few places where it goes through the trees and I really like that.
I felt like I was charging at the top and I had a good run. I don’t always have the best time over the traverse so for next year’s World Championships I will have to practice traversing.
I am looking forward to the giant slalom. My plan is to do everything. We will see how it feels but for sure the team event and possibly the slalom.
Leanne Smith I just wanted to ski as aggressively as possible. I made a couple of little errors but I am really happy with my anticipation and the intensity of that run.
It’s a beautiful day, it’s the end of the World Cup for me and we are moving on and going to U.S. Championships at Winter Park (CO) and getting ready for the off-season.
I really like it here. The fans are so excited and they love ski racing. It was loud for every single athlete that crossed the finish line.