Friday, March 20, 2009

Lindsey Vonn skis away with crystal globes

22 World Cup wins and two overall titles

Courtesy photo by Getty Images/AFP-Fabrice Coffrini. One World Cup globe is special, but Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn, 24, now has five of them, as she poses with the number of her career World Cup globes during the World Cup Finals last week at Are, Sweden.

World Cup globes are piling up in the trophy case of native Minnesotan Lindsey Vonn, 24, of Vail, Colo. In fact, last week she labored under the weight of the huge globes of Joska crystal—reflecting the crystal blue skies during the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden.

Vonn, first U.S. woman to repeat as World Cup overall queen, posed for photographers with five globes—a few borrowed for the occasion. But the titles weren't borrowed, they were hers—five of them in two years! Two overall, two downhill and one super giant slalom.

Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, 26, joined 22-time World Cup race winner Lindsey Vonn as the 2008-09 Audi FIS World Cup overall champions Saturday.

Super giant slalom king Svindal (1009 points) nipped Austria's Benjamin Raich (1007) by the narrowest of margins, two points. It was reminiscent of Svindal's 13-point victory over Raich in 2007.

Here are top overall placings and U.S. points for 2008-09:

Women's overall: 1—Lindsey Vonn 1788. 2—Maria Riesch (Germany) 1424. 3—Anja Paerson (Swe.) 1059.

27—Julia Mancuso 285. 72—Hailey Duke 56. 84—Chelsea Marshall 35. 86—Megan McJames 31. 92—Sarah Schleper 26. 105—Stacey Cook 12. 107—Keely Kelleher 11. 123—Kaylin Richardson 3.

Men's overall: 1—Aksel Lund Svindal 1009. 2—Benjamin Raich (Aust.) 1007. 3—Didier Cuche (Switz.) 919.

9—Ted Ligety 598. 15—Bode Miller 517. 30—Marco Sullivan 293. 62—T.J. Lanning 95. 70—Tim Jitloff 79. 73—Steven Nyman 75. 75—Erik Fisher 74. 90—Scott Macartney 43. 92—Andrew Weibrecht 40. 97—Jimmy Cochran 30. 103—Jake Zamansky 27. 126—Cody Marshall 10.

Women's downhill: 1—Lindsey Vonn 502. 2—Andrea Fischbacher (Aust.) 326. 3—Maria Riesch 292.

24—Julia Mancuso 74. 39—Chelsea Marshall 19. 41—Leanne Smith 9. 43—Stacey Cook 6.

Men's downhill: 1—Michael Walchhofer (Aust.) 470. 2—Klaus Kroell (Aust.) 424. 3—Didier Defago (Switz.) 363.

7—Bode Miller 275. 15—Marco Sullivan 179. 25—T.J. Lanning 75. 27—Steven Nyman 69. 29—Erik Fisher 63. 36—Scott Macartney 36. 42—Andrew Weibrecht 13.

Women's super giant slalom: 1—Lindsey Vonn 461. 2—Nadia Fanchini (Italy) 416. 3—Fabienne Suter (Switz.) 408.

27—Julia Mancuso 55. 46—Chelsea Marshall 10. 47—Keely Kelleher 9.

Men's super giant slalom: 1—Aksel Lund Svindal 292. 2—Werner Heel (Italy) 256. 3—Didier Defago (Switz.) 242.

17—Marco Sullivan 114. 21—Ted Ligety 58. 27—Bode Miller 42. 30—Andrew Weibrecht 24. 33—T.J. Lanning 20. 42—Erik Fisher 11. 44—Scott Macartney 7. 46—Steven Nyman 6.

Women's super combined: 1—Anja Paerson 205. 2—Lindsey Vonn 180. 3—Kathrin Zettel (Aust.) 162.

36—Julia Mancuso 12. 41—Leanne Smith 7. 42—Chelsea Marshall 6. 42—Stacey Cook 6. 46—Kaylin Richardson 3.

Men's super combined: 1—Carlo Janka (Switz.) 242. 2—Silvan Zurbriggen (Switz.) 231. 3—Romed Baumann (Aust.) 169.

44—Ted Ligety 6. 48—Andrew Weibrecht 3.

Women's giant slalom: 1—Tanja Poutiainen (Fin.) 508. 2—Kathrin Zettel (Aust.) 501. 3—Tina Maze (Slov.) 368.

8—Lindsey Vonn 205. 17—Julia Mancuso 124. 35—Megan McJames 31. 41—Sarah Schleper 20.

Men's giant slalom: 1—Didier Cuche (Switz.) 474. 2—Benjamin Raich 462. 3—Ted Ligety 421.

28—Tim Jitloff 63. 35—Bode Miller 33. 36—Jake Zamansky 27.

Women's slalom: 1—Maria Riesch 670. 2—Sarka Zahrobska (Czech) 459. 3—Lindsey Vonn 440.

27—Hailey Duke 56. 42—Julia Mancuso 20.

Men's slalom: 1—Jean-Baptiste Grange (Fra.) 541. 2—Ivica Kostelic (Croatia) 454. 3—Julien Lizeroux (Fra.) 419.

16—Bode Miller 167. 22—Ted Ligety 113. 37—Jimmy Cochran 30. 49—Tim Jitloff 16. 57—Cody Marshall 10.

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