Lindsey Vonn goes two for two in Lake Louise downhills


Lake Lindsey Lives.

Just 24 hours after handily winning the first World Cup downhill of the season, American Lindsey Vonn did it again today (Dec. 3) in Lake Louise, AB. The 27-year-old notched her third victory of the young season and tenth win on the hill that has been nicknamed Lake Lindsey. The Olympic downhill champ has racked up 17 top-three finishes here since winning her first World Cup here in 2004.

Skies were overcast for the second straight day, providing flat light, though winds were calmer than yesterday. Temperatures were lower, hardening the course and making for faster speeds. Vonn had a time of one minute, 51.35 seconds today, coming in 1.84 seconds faster than she did yesterday.

“I come here knowing that I’ve won in the past and it gives me a lot of confidence. Its just a great way to start the speed season,” said Vonn. “I feel that if I start well here then it will carry through the season. Last year I didn’t have as good of a start so this year, I just wanted to come out strong. Having back-to-back wins is certainly a good sign.”

France’s Marie Marchand-Arvier finished second, 1.68 seconds behind Vonn while downhill world champion, Austrian Elisabeth Goergl hauled in her third podium of the season in third place.

The win moved Vonn into the lead of the overall standings with 322 points. Former leader, German Viktoria Rebensburg, who finished fourth both today and yesterday,   stands second with 280 points. 

“I just tried to do what I did yesterday, I tried to ski aggressively and execute the line,” said Vonn. “It was tough conditions again today, the light was flat, it was hard to see some of the bumps. I’m really happy to come away with the win.”

Five American woman landed in the points today led by Vonn. Stacey Cook had a great day with a ninth-place result for her ninth career World Cup top-10 finish. Leanne Smith finished 11th followed by Julia Mancuso and Chelsea Marshall in 23rd and 26th, respectively.

The day was marred, when American Laurenne Ross took a heart-stopping crash into the safety netting near the bottom of the course. Ross caught an edge and was pushed wide around a right-hand turn and took a hard tumble into the netting. TV cameras showed Ross sitting up before she was taken off the course by helicopter. Initial reports said that Ross’ only injuries were cuts to her face from the netting.

Racing in Lake Louise concludes tomorrow with a super G race. The women’s World Cup tour will then take a surprise trip to Beaver Creek, Colo. to join the men at rescheduled races canceled in Val d’Isere.

Image by Gepa

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup downhill, Lake Louise, Canada, Dec. 3, 2011
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Vonn, Head/Head/Head
2 Marchand-Arvier, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
3 Goergl, Head/Head/Head
4 Rebensburg, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
5 Gisin, Dynastar/Lange/Marker
6 Hoefl-Riesch, Head/Lange/Head
7 Fanchini, Dynastar/Lange/Look
8 Gut, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
9 Cook, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
10 Weirather, Atomic/Tecnica/Atomic

Women’s World Cup Downhill, Lake Louise, Canada, Dec. 3, 2011
. … It is the fifth of 40 women’s races on the 2011-12 World Cup schedule. … The second of nine scheduled downhills, and the second of three women’s races slated for Lake Louise. … It is the 84th World Cup hosted by Lake Louise. … the 53rd downhill.

It is the 44th career World Cup victory for Lindsey Vonn, extending her American record and moving her within two wins of matching Renate Goetschl for third among women. … It is the 228th US World Cup win… It is tenth Cup win for Vonn at Lake Louise, the ninth in DH at Lake Louise. … It is her third win of the season and second in two days.

It is the fourth career World Cup podium for Marie Marchand-Arvier. … and matches her career best Cup finish.

It is the 32nd career Cup podium for Elisabeth Goergl. … her seventh in DH. … It is her third career podium at Lake Louise and the second consecutive season she has recored a third in DH at the site.

It is the eighth career Cup top 10 for Stacey Cook and her third at Lake Louise. … Leanne Smith matches her third best career result and matches her career best in DH. … Julia Mancuso has finished 23rd or better in a Lake Louise World Cup 13 times. … Chelsea Marshall matches her 12th best career World Cup result. … and her fourth best at Lake Louise in DH.

Vonn leads the World Cup DH standings 200-106 over Tina Weirather (10th in race). … Dominique Gisin (fifth in race) is third with 105pts. … Vonn takes over the lead of the overall standings 322-280 over Viktoria Rebensburg (fourth in race). … Goergl is third with 211pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 791-568 over the U.S. … Germany is third with 519pts. … Canada is 11th with 48pts.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  19  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:51.35  0.00
 2  6  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:53.03  20.07
 3  22  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:53.26  22.81
 4  9  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:53.27  22.93
 5  12  515747 GISIN Dominique  1985  SUI   1:53.31  23.41
 6  20  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:53.43  24.84
 7  14  296472 FANCHINI Elena  1985  ITA   1:53.45  25.08
 8  21  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:53.49  25.56
 9  25  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA   1:53.53  26.04
 10  7  355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE   1:53.59  26.76
 11  4  538305 SMITH Leanne  1987  USA   1:53.60  26.87
 12  11  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:53.63  27.23
 13  13  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:53.67  27.71
 14  15  515766 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:53.76  28.79
 15  5  196573 REVILLET Aurelie  1986  FRA   1:53.85  29.86
 16  8  195983 ROLLAND Marion  1982  FRA   1:53.91  30.58
 17  23  565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO   1:54.02  31.89
 17  10  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:54.02  31.89
 19  38  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR   1:54.04  32.13
 20  58  55690 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT   1:54.29  35.12
 21  17  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:54.42  36.67
 22  1  296427 SCHNARF Johanna  1984  ITA   1:54.46  37.15
 23  16  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:54.55  38.22
 23  3  295533 RECCHIA Lucia  1980  ITA   1:54.55  38.22
 25  2  55766 MADER Regina  1985  AUT   1:54.81  41.33
 26  40  538038 MARSHALL Chelsea  1986  USA   1:55.17  45.63
 27  27  296431 STUFFER Verena  1984  ITA   1:55.21  46.11
 28  56  197006 GAUTHIER Marine  1990  FRA   1:55.32  47.42
 28  33  565360 STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO   1:55.32  47.42
 30  31  55913 MOSER Stefanie  1988  AUT   1:55.34  47.66
 31  54  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:55.48  49.33
 31  43  516145 KUENG Mirena  1988  SUI   1:55.48  49.33
 33  46  196812 PELLISSIER Marion  1988  FRA   1:55.49  49.45
 34  18  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:55.58  50.52
 35  24  55978 VOGLREITER Mariella  1989  AUT   1:55.80  53.15
 36  42  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca  1990  ITA   1:55.86  53.87
 37  45  56128 HUETTER Cornelia  1992  AUT   1:55.90  54.35
 38  29  538685 MCKENNIS Alice  1989  USA   1:56.01  55.66
 39  48  297910 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA   1:56.05  56.14
 40  35  56088 TIPPLER Tamara  1991  AUT   1:56.17  57.57
 41  53  206367 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER   1:56.31  59.24
 42  41  55882 STAUDINGER Christina  1987  AUT   1:56.51  61.63
 43  51  535585 STAPLES Kiley  1989  USA   1:56.77  64.74
 44  39  515560 SCHILD Martina  1981  SUI   1:56.87  65.93
 45  36  297134 BORSOTTI Camilla  1988  ITA   1:56.98  67.25
 46  52  197329 MARCHAND Aurelie  1992  FRA   1:57.01  67.60
 47  49  155563 KRIZOVA Klara  1989  CZE   1:57.07  68.32
 48  44  538855 FORD Julia  1990  USA   1:57.08  68.44
 49  57  538975 WALES Brooke  1990  USA   1:58.08  80.39
 50  59  107027 DAVIES Tess  1991  CAN   1:59.30  94.96
 51  55  107192 FREEMAN Sarah  1992  CAN   1:59.41  96.27
Did not finish 1st run
   50  375018 COLETTI Alexandra  1983  MON     
   47  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA     
   37  56080 RAINER Michaela  1991  AUT     
   34  196968 BAILET Margot  1990  FRA     
   32  505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE     
   30  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi  1981  SUI     
   28  538573 ROSS Laurenne  1988  USA     
   26  515782 KAUFMANN-ABDERHALDEN Marianne  1986  SUI     

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