G Funk: Lindsey Vonn Grabs Fifth World Cup Win With Super G in Cortina
A ‘Super G’ indeed she is.
Oakley Ski Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn mashed her way to victory at the Super G in Cortina, Italy today. O’s speedster came off the line in the 20th position, but led at every split and crossed the finish line with a time of one minute, 11.66 seconds to beat second-place finisher Anja Paerson of Sweden by 0.43 seconds. The triumph tallied her 38th win, fifth victory of the season and second in a Super G.
Lindsey also climbed 71 points closer to overall World Cup leader Maria Riesch of Germany (finished ninth), who currently owns a 1052 to 927 advantage.
“I’ve been making a lot of mistakes in the last few races so today I just tried to have a clean and solid run and I’m really happy with it,” said Vonn, rocking her A Frame Oakley goggles. “This gives me a lot of confidence for the next two races this weekend.”
Although conditions were generally good, wind gusts blowing in all directions challenged all racers – rendering it all that much more of a grand win for Vonn.
“It was pretty windy but I think everyone just had to do the best they could with the conditions they got.”
With her victory, Vonn now trails Riesch in the overall race by 125 points after a string of four consecutive slalom DNFs saw her slip to 196 points behind her good friend.
She’s chasing her fourth overall globe this year as her top rival fights for her first after finishing as runner-up the last two seasons.
“At this point every downhill and super G race are really important for the overall World Cup,” continued Lindsey, who stood upon her very first World Cup podium in Cortina. “My goal is to try to ski the best I can in every speed race and just try to use every opportunity. Honestly I feel a little pressure because I know I have to ski well in every speed race in order to catch up to Maria. But at the same time, if I ski nervous I’m never going to win anyways. I’m just out there skiing the best I can, trying to attack the course. Usually when I focus on skiing the results follow so that’s what I am going to try to keep doing.”