Friday, December 9, 2011

Vonn stays in her zone at Beaver Creek

SG winner at Beaver Creek

U.S. Ski Team photo. Lindsey Vonn rockets down the hill en route to her 46th career World Cup victory in Wednesday’s super giant slalom at Beaver Creek, Colo.

Calling it the most memorable of her 46 career Audi FIS World Cup wins, 27-year-old Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo. fulfilled a childhood dream and won at home Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the first-ever World Cup women's ski race on Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey.

Despite a less than perfect run, Vonn took a .37-second super giant slalom victory over Swiss Fabienne Suter for her 46th career World Cup victory—tying for third on the all-time women's winner list. Vonn has now won five of the six World Cup races she has entered so far this season.

She became the first American to win four races in a row and equaled German superstar Katja Seizinger for the most career World Cup super G wins with 16. Vonn has now won 14 of the last 19 super G's, never finishing lower than third.


Minnesota native Vonn said, "Ever since I moved out here as a kid and was a course slipper at the 1999 World Championships, I've always wanted to race here at home. This is a day I'll remember for my entire life. Of the 46 wins I have so far, this is probably the most special."

"I hope that I can keep skiing fast. I hope that I can continue to represent my fans and my team well. This is an incredible sport and I'm extremely fortunate and happy to be a skier. The talent and momentum on the U.S. Ski Team right now is incredible."

Vonn (522 points) opened up a gaping 236-point lead in the women's overall standings over second-place Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany (286). Vonn tops the downhill standings by 94 points and leads the super G ranks by 60. Her giant slalom total of 122 points in two races is close to her 158 GS points in six races of the 2010-11 season.

Tuesday, three-time World Cup GS king Ted Ligety, 27, of Park City, Utah stormed from behind to win the Birds of Prey GS at Beaver Creek. Ligety's second win in three GS races to date vaulted him into second place in the overall World Cup standings just 45 points behind Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal.

Taking into account Vonn's domination and Ligety's 10th World Cup victory Tuesday, the Americans are just red hot. In 13 World Cup races this season, the U.S. Ski Team has 10 podium finishes, including seven victories.

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