Lindsey Vonn takes tight super G in Bansko


Lindsey VonnRecovering from mid-course mistakes has become American ski racer Lindsey Vonn’s calling card. She executed yet another inspiring save today (Feb. 26) in Bansko, Bulgaria to earn her fourth World Cup super G win of the season. 

Vonn, who started the race with a 20-point lead in the super G standings in the No. 17 bib, made a mistake in the middle of the course when she briefly lost balance and threw her skis sideways, losing precious speed. The following split timer showed Vonn 0.61 seconds behind the current leader. The three-time super G title winner found a new gear in the bottom portion of the course, showing the athleticism that took her to three other super G wins this season, taking huge air off the final jump and crossing the finish line with just a 0.05 advantage on second place finisher Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein.

“I tried to give myself a lot of direction for that gate because I was on a pretty bumpy sidehill and I just hit one of the bumps funny and went shooting downhill in the opposite direction that I wanted,” said Vonn. “I was way offline and had to chuck it sideways, but thankfully the pitch was pretty steep and I was able to accelerate out of that mistake. I had to really push the line and take a lot of risk from there down.”

The win marked Vonn’s second consecutive super G win in Bansko as she also took the victory the last time the women’s tour stopped here in 2009. Today’s win, the 18th World Cup super G victory of Vonn’s career, also gives her the record of most super G wins of any woman in World Cup history. Retired Austrian great Renate Goetschl previously held the record at 17.

“I didn’t know that I had passed Renate for super G wins,” said Vonn. “That definitely feels good. I think that’s the only record that I’m at the top of for World Cup.”

Italian Daniela Merighetti was only another two hundredths of a second behind Weirather to grab third place honors. It was the fifth podium of Weirather’s career, all coming in this, her breakout season. Merighetti notched her second podium of the season.

Slovenian Tina Maze came closest to the tightly packed podium in fourth place, 0.33 seconds off the winning time.   

With today’s win in the last super G of the regular season, Vonn’s super G point total climbed to 413 points. Only Austrian Anna Fenninger, now 94 points behind with a 10th-place finish today, could possible stop Vonn from winning her third discipline title of the season. Vonn has already secured this season’s World Cup downhill and super combined titles and holds a commanding 528-point lead in the overall standings. 

Competition was tight all the way down the start list as racers were fighting for not only the podium, but also a place among the top 25 in the season-long rankings to earn a ticket to the World Cup finals in Schladming, Austria in three weeks.

The women were happy to finally be racing in Bansko, a day after strong winds canceled the last downhill of the regular season. Winds were much calmer today as a capacity crowd filled the stands on an overcast but warm day.

American Julia Mancuso, winner of the last super G in Garmisch, Germany, lost some speed in the middle of the course but hung on to finish eighth today and secure a third-place ranking heading into finals.

Fellow Americans Leanne Smith and Luarenne Ross finished 18th and 24th, respectively today. Smith will join teammates Vonn and Mancuso in the finals super G race ranked 19th. Ross just missed the cut standing in 28th, though she will be competing in the downhill at finals.

The women’s World Cup season will wind down over the next two weekends with tech races in Ofterschwang, Germany and Are, Sweden before closing the show in Schladming March 11-18. 

“There’s a lot of giant slalom races left so I’m looking forward to hopefully get another win this season to try and get the giant slalom globe,” said Vonn.  – Eric Williams

Image by Gepa

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup super G, Bansko, Bulgaria Feb. 26, 2012
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Vonn, Head/Head/Head
2 Weirather, Atomic/Tecnica/Atomic
3 Merighetti, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
4 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
5 Schild, Volkl/Lange/Marker
6 Hoefl-Riesch, Head/Lange/Head
7 Gut, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
8 Mancuso, Voelkl/Lange/Marker
9 Hosp, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
10 Fenninger, Head/Head/Head

Women’s World Cup super G, Bansko, Bulgaria, Feb. 26, 2012. … It is the 28th race of the women’s 39 race 2012 World Cup season. … The sixth of seven scheduled super G’s. … It is the fourth of four Cup races scheduled at Bansko this season, the third held and the first held for women. … It is the eighth World Cup hosted at Bansko, the first in 2009.

It is the 51st career World Cup win for Lindsey Vonn, extending the US record. … It is her 18th in super G, re-establishing the women’s record over Renate Goetschl. … It is her tenth win of the season. … fourth in super G. … It is her second win at Bansko, the other also in super G March 1, 2009.

It is a career best World Cup super G finish for Tina Weirather and her fifth Cup podium of her career and the season.

It is the third career World Cup podium placing for Daniela Merighetti in three different disciplines. … She won a downhill at Cortina earlier this season (Jan. 14) and was second in a GS at Are March 6, 2003. … Her previous best in super G had been ninth at Garmisch Feb. 5.

North Americans: It is the 105th World Cup top 10 for Julia Mancuso. … Her 30th in SG. … It is the third time this season she has finished eighth in a Cup super G. … It is the 19th best Cup finish for Leanne Smith. … eighth best in SG. … It is the tenth Cup scoring result of the season for Laurenne Ross. … ninth of the season for Stacey Cook.

Standings: Vonn pushes her lead of the World Cup overall standings to 1602-1074 over Tina Maze (fourth in race). … Maria Hoefl-Riesch (sixth in race) is third with 1046pts. … Mancuso is fifth with 794pts. … Marie-Michele Gagnon (did not race) is top Canadian overall in 30th with 204pts. … Vonn also leads the super G standings 413-319 over Anna Fenninger (10th in race) with one race remaining. … Mancuso is third with 301pts and cannot overtake Vonn for the title. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup standings 4571-3094 for the US. … Italy is third with 2190. … Canada is tenth with 360pts.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  17  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:15.66  0.00
 2  9  355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE   1:15.71  0.70
 3  2  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:15.73  0.98
 4  21  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:15.99  4.62
 5  7  515560 SCHILD Martina  1981  SUI   1:16.04  5.32
 6  20  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:16.26  8.41
 7  22  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:16.29  8.83
 8  16  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:16.31  9.11
 9  14  55690 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT   1:16.55  12.47
 10  18  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:16.59  13.03
 11  8  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi  1981  SUI   1:16.83  16.39
 12  15  297910 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA   1:16.85  16.67
 13  12  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:16.93  17.79
 14  11  296427 SCHNARF Johanna  1984  ITA   1:17.05  19.47
 15  5  206367 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER   1:17.18  21.30
 16  3  55913 MOSER Stefanie  1988  AUT   1:17.25  22.28
 17  6  55766 MADER Regina  1985  AUT   1:17.35  23.68
 18  24  538305 SMITH Leanne  1987  USA   1:17.49  25.64
 19  1  55806 ALTACHER Margret  1986  AUT   1:17.59  27.04
 20  29  195983 ROLLAND Marion  1982  FRA   1:17.73  29.00
 21  13  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:17.84  30.54
 22  30  296431 STUFFER Verena  1984  ITA   1:17.85  30.68
 23  19  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:17.89  31.24
 24  25  538573 ROSS Laurenne  1988  USA   1:18.07  33.76
 25  28  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA   1:18.21  35.73
 26  4  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:18.29  36.85
 27  26  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR   1:18.35  37.69
 28  41  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:18.46  39.23
 29  40  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA   1:18.48  39.51
 30  38  196812 PELLISSIER Marion  1988  FRA   1:18.85  44.69
 31  36  297134 BORSOTTI Camilla  1988  ITA   1:19.28  50.72
 32  44  197006 GAUTHIER Marine  1990  FRA   1:19.31  51.14
 33  37  515806 KAMER Nadja  1986  SUI   1:19.34  51.56
 34  33  565360 STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO   1:19.54  54.36
 35  31  295533 RECCHIA Lucia  1980  ITA   1:19.64  55.76
 36  43  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole  1989  AUT   1:19.74  57.16
 37  35  196968 BAILET Margot  1990  FRA   1:19.75  57.30
 38  50  245066 MIKLOS Edit  1988  HUN   1:19.90  59.40
 39  45  565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO   1:20.24  64.17
 40  46  538685 MCKENNIS Alice  1989  USA   1:21.18  77.34
 41  39  55978 VOGLREITER Mariella  1989  AUT   1:21.36  79.86
 42  48  196573 REVILLET Aurelie  1986  FRA   1:22.18  91.35
 43  51  95050 KIRKOVA Maria  1986  BUL   1:23.13  104.66
Did not start 1st run
   42  505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE     
Did not finish 1st run
   49  516145 KUENG Mirena  1988  SUI     
   47  375018 COLETTI Alexandra  1983  MON     
   34  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN     
   32  106849 YURKIW Larisa  1988  CAN     
   27  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca  1990  ITA     
   23  296472 FANCHINI Elena  1985  ITA     
   10  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT     

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