Deuce: Oakley’s Lindsey Vonn Tallies Two Wins in Val d’Isere, Takes World Cup Lead
You can make that deux more for Lindsey Vonn.
Oakley’s Olympic Gold Medalist mashed her way to two solid wins at the Val D’Isere World Cup event in France – grabbing her first downhill win of the season then emerging victorious at the first super combined race of the year. The victories catapulted her to the top of the overall World Cup standings – setting off even more immense momentum.
Lindsey, who was named the 2010 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year this past weekend, had her grip on the Super Combined event all day long as she smashed through an early super G leg with a 0.20-second lead going into the afternoon slalom. She triumphed with an overall advantage of 0.46 seconds to match her result in last season’s super combined on the same course.
Challenging light conditions, combined with a talent-packed, competitive field made for some tough runs, but Lindsey stepped up to the plate. Three Austrian racers took the rest of the honors after Vonn as Elisabeth Goergl snagged second place with a speedy slalom run after standing sixth in the super G. Nicole Hosp grabbed the last podium spot in third. All leaving Lindsey with her fifth win at the French Resort since 2005.
“It’s been an awesome weekend, I’m really happy,” said Lindsey, rocking her Oakley A Frame goggles. “It’s always great to have a weekend like this but especially before Christmas, it gives me a lot of confidence going into the new year.”
The super combined win for Lindsey was a nice complement to her downhill victory – her first of the season – just a day before.
In sunny conditions, she overcame a couple of breaks in form at the top of the course to take the downhill win by a 0.68-second margin over Swiss duo Nadja Kamer in second and Lara Gut in third.
The feat was Lindsey’s first downhill title this year after she finished second behind German Maria Riesch at both of the season’s first two downhills in Lake Louise, Canada earlier in the month.
“I’m really psyched to have the red bib back, It means a lot and I hope that I can keep skiing well and hang on to it until the end of the year,” she said.
Vonn’s super combined win serves as her 36th career World Cup victory, extending the U.S. record. Even better…her downhill triumph was her 19th career DH win.
To top it all off, she’s locked in a tie with Katka Seizinger for sixth all time among women for World Cup victories.
One killer start to the year by Lindsey! And it’s only going to get better.