Vonn on another level in Lake Louise as weather plays havoc in Beaver Creak
The overcast weather looked to have affected the rest of the field more than Vonn. Ramona Siebenhofer, starting four looked to be heading for the early lead in the race, held at the time by Corinne Suter, before crashing spectacularly in the run in to the finish. With Vonn starting 16, the seventeen time winner in Lake Louise gave the rest of the field a lesson in how to attack the course. This was also her 69th career World Cup win, extending her own record.
“Today I tried to limit my risk but at the same time my skis were so fast and the light was really flat and also it was a little more bumpy today, that I was kind of hanging on for dear life,” Vonn explained after the race. “I felt like I was trying to be aggressive and trying to still ski solidly but nothing was kind of going my way. I have to look at video and see how it actually was compared to what it felt like. I think Heinz (Hammerle) is doing an amazing job. My skis were really fast today.”
“I love what I do, because when you’re in the starting gate it’s you against the mountain and you can push yourself as hard as you want to,” Vonn said about her continuously pushing the limits.” I still want to push as hard as I possibly can. That’s what I love. I love the adrenaline. I love the speed. I love the thrill of it, and when the light’s flat and it’s bumpy it’s that much more exciting for me. Just because I’m older doesn’t mean I’ve lost any desire to continue to win and to continue to ski fast.”
Over in Beaver Creak, falling snow meant the course was shortened into a ‘sprint’ Super G. Early start numbers made the best of the conditions and Marcel Hirscher grabbed the opportunity to win his first World Cup Super G race. Starting at the back of the top thirty seeded racers, Ted Ligety showed people how good and versatile he is with his Super G.
“When I got bib 29, I wasn’t all that psyched on that. In super-G it’s definitely nice to run early, but with the snowstorm today, it was really tough for those guys running 15 to 22, the snowstorm was really hard then. When I went it started to clear up a little bit so I was able to ski well and capitalize on that little break in the weather”, said Ligety.
As Ligety explained the weather hit the top racers badly with Aksel Lund Svindal, Kjetil Jansrud and Matthias Meyer all having to push harder to counter the adverse conditions. All three raced with the weather conditions at their worst and struggled.
With Ligety posting a great time as the weather improved slightly, Andrew Weibrecht took third and Adrien Theaux fought hard to match the time set by the opening racer on course Mattia Casse for joint fourth. Erik Guay scored his best result since returning from injury with ninth place.
While the weather played on many peoples minds, Andrew Weibrecht had a different take on it: “Everything was running great today. Obviously there’s some new snow so things are a little bit slower than you would expect from what we had yesterday, but it’s a super smooth course and I think you just have to kind of charge it and have a little bit of fun with it today because it’s going to feel good to you have to go hard. I’m happy with the way I skied and happy with the way I skied yesterday and just kind of rolled that into today and it’s all good”, explained Weibrecht.
Next up Super G for the girls in Lake Louise and Giant Slalom for the men in Beaver Creak.
Women Downhill from Lake Louise
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
2. Fabienne Suter
3. Cornelia Huetter
5. Corinne Suter (SUI) HEAD
6. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
8. Lara Gut (SUI) HEAD
12. Elena Curtoni (ITA) HEAD
18. Lotte Smiseth Sejersted (NOR) HEAD
22. Edit Miklos (HUN) HEAD
28. Liz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
29. Alexandra Colletti (MON) HEAD
Men Super G from Beaver Creak
1. Marcel Hirscher
2. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
3. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) HEAD
4. Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD
5. Mattia Casse (ITA) HEAD
9. Erik Guay (CAN) HEAD
17. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
21. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
27. Josef Ferstl (GER) HEAD