Grand Slam: Ski Star Lindsey Vonn Claims Giant Slalom in Austria, Completes Sweep of Five Disciplines


Lindsey Vonn has Gold Medals. She has the fame. But she was missing one thing: A Giant Slalom victory.

Until this past weekend, that is.

Oakley’s Olympic Gold Medalist opened up the World Cup season with a resounding GS victory in Soelden, Austria – etching her name in the record books as only the fifth female skier to win a race in all five Alpine disciplines.

“It was great to finally step on the top step of the podium in giant slalom,” Lindsey said, reflecting on her 42nd World Cup victory – and sporting her Oakley goggles. “I really didn’t believe it. It’s a relief and will give me confidence for the rest of the season.”

Throwing down a two-run combined time of 2:24:43 to finish 0.4 seconds in front of Viktoria Rebensburg.

“What’s important about today’s result is that it gets me off to a quick and strong start,” she continued. “Last year, I really got off to a slow start, and while I came on strong at the end, I fell a little short. This summer when I was training, I was really conscious of making sure I was prepared for the first events.”

All-in-all, a super promising start to a season where Lindsey will be fighting to regain her World Cup Overall Title.


Andrew De Lara


October 24, 2011

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