Vonn makes it 66 wins and Seven Downhill Globes with victory in Meribel
The lead going into the race was 35 points over her fellow HEAD World Cup Rebel, Anna Fenninger, but for Lindsey Vonn it was all about winning the race and the Globe. Liz Goergl took second in the race with Niki Hosp in third. Anna Fenninger took eighth overall.
“It’s incredible after being out with two knee operations it is just amazing to be sitting where I am today,” said Vonn after the win. “I’m so proud and happy and I really have to thank the people that supported me and got me back to where I am now.”
Vonn explained that “After two years out injured with almost no races and two major operations, is beautiful. I had a very good season, but that’s the perfect ending for me. I built a new trophy case – which has space for 23 Globes. This is a great goal.”
“My goal was to get the downhill title, but it’s a lot easier said than done. After being away from the World Cup for two years, it’s tough and I fought my way back. It’s just incredible,” said Vonn.
After not having had the best of training runs, Liz Goergl was delighted with her second place: “In training, I’m so done badly, had hard times. But it is good for me that I could practice what I have decided. I had super fast skis,” she added. And as for the future: “I would like to see that I will be constant. I have a few races this year that were not so good.”
With the girl’s race taking place half an hour after the men had raced, the snow conditions had softened noticeably. Vonn’s gliding skills were the deciding factor but with the race for the Overall also part of the equation, Anna Fenninger still leads but by just 12 points now as Maze placed fourth against Fenninger’s eighth. It is all to play for.
Vonn was in top form to take the Globe in Downhill!
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD – Downhill World Cup Champion
2. Liz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
3. Niki Hosp
8. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
11. Edit Miklos (HUN) HEAD