Lyndsey Vonn destroys the field in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
With the only training run taking place in vastly differing conditions, the race times were nine-seconds quicker, this was, according to Christian Greber, Racing Manager for the HEAD Women’s World Cup Rebels, tough for some of the girls. What it did show was the harder the course, the better Lindsey Vonn gets.
Vonn responded to this observation by explaining that the experience she has in her skiing is a crucial part of her set up now. “It pays in the speed events to have run the course a few times, to know how to adapt.” she explained.
“I knew it was going to be a lot faster by the conditions in inspection but nine seconds, you had to make a lot of adjustments,” Vonn reflected after winning her 38th career Downhill. Vonn had watched the early racers make mistakes so knew where the bumps were and where she could attack.
When questioned about her skis, Vonn explained that she knew her skis were “so fast, I knew I had to hold on for dear life!”
With Edit Miklos taking seventh, the next best HEAD World Cup Rebel, Christian Greber was grateful for the result of Vonn. “The rest of the girls did not do so well!” he rued.
Corinne Suter, 10th, explained: “The course was not quite as easy as it looked, I tried to stand well on the skis, but it did not quite work out. Today Lindsey was in a different league. It is really impressive what she is doing at the minute. She got every turn right.”
With small mistakes being costly for Lizz Goergl (13th) and Lara Gut (14th), Gut was quick to acknowledge that when you make mistakes coming on to the flat, you will get punished. Kajsa Kling was another to reflect on a mistake that cost her time as she finished 16th.
This result was all about Lindsey Vonn and her winning margin of 1.51 seconds. Vonn was in a class of her own. “I am definitely satisfied, It’s a great day,” she added after the race. Greber added “It was incredible skiing by Lindsey, despite the conditions and the small bumps, she showed everybody that she is the boss!”
Vonn now leads the Downhill World Cup by 172 points and the Overall by 127 from Lara Gut.
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Fabienne Suter
3. Viktoria Rebensburg
7. Edit Miklos (HUN) HEAD
10. Corinne Suter (SUI) HEAD
13. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
14. Lara Gut (SUI) HEAD
16. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
19. Denise Feierabend (SUI) HEAD
25. Alexandra Coletti (MON) HEAD