A day after she surpassed Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record for number of wins in downhill events, Lindsey Vonn capped a memorable weekend by recording a 75th Alpine Skiing World Cup victory at Cortina d’Ampezzo on Sunday.
The American looked in great shape and posted a winning time of 26.55 seconds to take maximum points in the Super-G.
Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather produced a solid run and set a leading time of 1 minute and 27.24 seconds but it wasn’t to be as Vonn stepped it up a gear, equalling Renate Grotschl’s record of 41 podium finishes in the discipline.
Viktoria Rebensburg completed the podium, 1.15 seconds further back and this result sees Lindsey Vonn leapfrog World Cup leader Lara Gut in the overall standings as the Swiss failed to deliver and only finished 5th.
Lindsey Vonn has now claimed three super-G races while securing four out of five downhill wins this season. The American is proving too strong for her opponents in speed events and here are the reasons behind her success according to our expert Franck Piccard.
Former Olympic Champion Franck Piccard: “She’s tall and has always been physically fit which shows how hard she must work in training throughout the season. She’s able to shift her body weight like men, hold her line and keep her composure in every event. So I would say that her physical strength has helped her a lot but also her personality. For many seasons now, she’s been holding her own against younger skiers. Maybe this is because she has always been ambitious and looks for wins in all disciplines. Nothing seems to scare her, not even the injuries she had to face during her illustrious career. Taking all these factors into account, I would have to say that she is capable of winning under any circumstances.”
Henrik Kristoffersen produced a superb second run to claim a men’s World Cup slalom on Sunday, becoming the first skier to triumph in the classic slaloms in Adelboden, Wengen and Kitzbuehel in the same year.
The 21-year-old edged out Marcel Hirscher by three-hundredths of a second and this result sees the Austrian move to within 27 points of Aksel Lund Svindal in the overall standings, a day after a serious injury ruled out the Norwegian for at least nine months.
See you next week for another edition of gravity, in the meantime we end the programme with some of the best moments from the opening stage of the Freeride World Tour which took place in Andorra. It’s snowtime!