Lindsey Vonn Clinches Career 10th World Cup Title

TARVISIO, Italy (March 4) – Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) secured the 10th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup title of her career Friday by holding off a surging Tina Maze of Slovenia to snatch her second straight super combined title. Maze won the race, yet missed the crystal globe by a narrow eight points as Riesch finished third on the day and in the season-long super combined standings. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was sixth, Leanne Smith (Conway, NH) ninth, Laurenne Ross (Klamath Falls, OR) 19th and Stacey Cook 20th as all U.S. Ski Team starters finished inside the top 20. A downhill is scheduled for Saturday with Vonn leading those standings by 103 points over Riesch.

OFFICIAL RESULTS,  Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Tarvisio, Italy – March 4, 2011

Super Combined

1. Tina Maze, Slovenia; 2:13.54�
2. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO; 2:13.72
3. Maria Riesch, Germany;  2:14.09

6. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 2:15.41
9. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 2:16.42
19. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 2:17.20
20. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2:17.22

For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=AL&event_id=28161

 FINAL SUPER COMBINED POINTS STANDINGS
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO – 220
2. Tina Maze, Slovenia – 212
3. Maria Riesch, Germany – 205

COMPETITION QUOTES

 Lindsey Vonn:  “It was a great day. I knew that it was really close with the points and I knew I had to ski great slalom run to get the title. I don’t think it was my best slalom run, but I was aggressive the whole way and that was my goal. Super combined titles are not easy to win because there are only three races so you can’t make any mistakes.”

 “I’ve been struggling a lot in slalom this year, but I have been training well, especially the last few weeks. I’ve had a lack of self confidence which comes from not finishing very many slalom races in the last two years, so today I knew I had nothing to lose and I had to go out and take the title if I wanted it. I wanted it badly.”

 “There are some more titles on the line this weekend with the downhill and super G and going to try and win those. At this point in the season, Maria is quite a bit ahead of me in the overall title hunt and so I’m just skiing relaxed, having fun and skiing like I have nothing to lose. I’m still skiing like I have a chance to win the overall, but I have to be realistic about it too. I’m going to ski to win races and then we’ll see where it ends up.”

 “Leanne had a really good downhill run and Julia also had a great run of slalom today. For Leanne to be in the top 10 of super combined is really cool. We’re all skiing well right now. We have some great depth to our team and it’s fun to be around.”  

 Alex Hoedlmoser – Head Coach:  “To a degree it was good that Lindsey just had to go out and attack it in the slalom. She knew that she had to beat Maria and that’s what was in her mind. In the last couple of races she had other things in her mind, but today was just like ‘I want this title, so I just need to go.’”

“We know that she can kill the downhill, so that wasn’t a surprise, the impressive part was the slalom. She’s been with it all season in training, but for some reason has backed off on race day and today she went out and was fantastic in the slalom.”

“The girls were all in communication today and they knew they had to be smart. This was obviously great results for the whole team. Having everyone was in the top 20 and three in the top 10 is awesome. Everyone is pumped for tomorrow’s downhill.”

 

MULTIMEDIA LINKS
Audio for editorial use: USSA Audio
Action Photography: Getty Images (licensing required)

RACE HIGHLIGHTS
Lindsey Vonn SC-DH: http://unisports.tv/fHxwgK
Lindsey Vonn SC-SL: http://unisports.tv/gaRxMz
Julia Mancuso SC-DH: http://unisports.tv/f9WqrN
Julia Mancuso SC-SL: http://unisports.tv/gsILLT
Leanne Smith SC-DH: http://unisports.tv/i5qk3a
Leanne Smith SC-SL: http://unisports.tv/gcQocs

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