Vonn equals record for most wins in Women’s World Cup Downhill
The race took a two run format and only the top thirty finishers from the first run made the cut. With Vonn leading the field by almost a second after the first run, this was a race where the tactical knowledge would come into play.
“First run, I think I skied really solidly, and then second run, I was a little bit more conservative because I knew I had a big lead and I knew that everyone was having trouble with the bumps, so I just tried to ski relaxed and it worked,” Vonn explained.
“It was difficult to stay relaxed in the 2nd run, but I did it. There were lots of little waves that you could not see. I knew that the other girls had problems, so I wanted to go a little rounder,” Vonn explained.
With Lara Gut having crashed out on the first run, the bumps were Vonn’s biggest challenge and she dealt with them confidently. Although she extended her advantage in the finish, Vonn explained she had not skied the second run too aggressively.
Kajsa Kling was fifth after the first run and moved up to fourth when Tina Weirather failed to finish the second run. Since returning from injury sustained last season, Kling has produced her best two World Cup Downhill performances this season: Fourth here in Zauchensee and fifth in Lake Louise.
Lizz Goergl tried hard to repeat her win here in 2014 and finished in ninth, her best result in Downhill this season.
Lotte Smiseth Sejersted suffered a big crash on the first run and had to be airlifted to hospital with suspected knee injury to her left knee.
The day though belonged to Lindsey Vonn and in the finish area was congratulated by Anna-Marie Moser-Proell with whom she is now tied with the most wins in Downhill World Cup races. “I didn’t let the pressure get to me, and to be tied with Anna Marie is incredible, so I’m very happy and looking forward to tomorrow,” she added.
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Larissa Yurkiw
3. Connie Huetter
4. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
9. Liz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
12. Corinne Suter (SUI) HEAD
17. Edit Miklos (HUN) HEAD
20. Elena Curtoni (ITA) HEAD