Paerson wins St. Moritz super-combined; Vonn third


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Anja Paerson had wanted to make a mark at St. Moritz before the Olympics and she began on Friday, winning the women’s World Cup super-combined race.

The Swede, who was ninth after the super G portion of the race and who had not won a World Cup in more than a year, was so thrilled with the victory that she threw off her skis at the finish line, made a mad dash and belly flopped into her trademark penguin slide.

Her combined time was 2 minutes, 0.54 seconds. Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser, who was 12th after the first run, was second, 0.43 back and Lindsey Vonn, second after the SG and taking things gingerly but solidly in the slalom, was third, 0.92 back.

Vonn, who has struggled in slalom since a bad crash at the end of December that left her with a deep bone bruise in her left arm, broadened her lead over Maria Riesch in the World Cup overall standings with 1166 points to Riesch’s 1050. Paerson slipped into third in the standings after Friday’s win with 836 points.

“I was more concentrated on making it down to the bottom and not really risking anything,” Vonn said. “It’s so easy in slalom to go out and a lot of the girls had problems, especially at the top. It wasn’t my best run but it was solid and that’s all I was hoping for.”

Single, big mistakes have riddled Riesch’s last few super G races. She skied off course at the end of her SG run on Friday.

“If [Maria] would have finished and been competitive in the super G, I would have risked a lot more,” Vonn said. “It made it a little less stressful for me, but at the same time it’s stressful because you know you have to make it down just to seize the opportunity. Things worked out for me today and I’m really, really happy with the result.”

Swedish coaches set the slalom course and according to U.S. women’s head coach Jim Tracy, the set was “tight,” matching what Paerson and the Swedish team had been training on.

Paerson had the fastest slalom run of the day in 43.11 seconds. Elisabeth Goergl, 23rd after the SG portion of the race, was also very fast, finishing fourth (2:01.51) with a 43.13-second slalom run. Racers with tech talents certainly separated themselves. Tina Maze, who was 35th after the first run, finished eighth with a 43.29-second slalom run and Canadian Shona Rubens landed the first top 10 of her World Cup career, skiing from 29th after the first run to 10th place after putting down the fifth fastest (43.78) slalom run. Vonn’s slalom run (44.85) was the second slowest of the top 10 finishers but one of the strongest she’s had since her injury.

“She wanted to make sure there was a decent super G run,” Tracy said of Vonn. “In the super G itself, there’s parts where she really gunned it. There’s parts where she just didn’t gun it quite as much as she could have. It was good skiing. In the slalom she’s still trying to figure things out a little bit. At the bottom she skied well. The top wasn’t her style of skiing. It was a really tight course. The swedish guys set for Anja.”

Julia Mancuso, who was third going into the slalom, had no big mistakes in her slalom run, but ended up 14th.

 “You’re not gonna get slalom back just like that,” Tracy said. “It’s not going to just materialize and you’ll be on the podium. It takes a lot of work.”

Last weekend, Mancuso mentioned that she is having problems getting her equipment dialed in. Tracy points out that this can be a time-consuming, intricate process.

“There’s some thinking going on with her boot setup a little bit,” Tracy said. “Getting the right setup is really important, getting the right feel. It’s just not going to come together as fast as some people think it should. It’s just one step at a time.”

Kirchgasser had not landed on a World Cup podium since her second in the 2009 Cortina GS, and only had one previous super-combined podium to her name, dating back to 2006.

Canadian speed specialist Emily Brydon had a solid race Friday. She finished 20th after a 22nd-place finish in the SG.

Women’s racing continues in St. Moritz with downhill Saturday and super G Sunday. Watch it live on universalsports.com.

“I love the course here,” Vonn said. “The snow is great, it’s really aggressive but really fun to ski. You can’t make a mistake on this course. It’s a really easy course so any mistake is going to cost you a lot of time. I’ll try to have a clean run and do my best.”

by Shauna Farnell

Photos by GEPA

The SCOOP
By Hank McKee

Equipment

Women’s combined, St Moritz, Switzerland, Jan. 29, 2010
Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Paerson, Head/Head/Head
2 Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3 Vonn, Head/Head/Head
4 Goergl, Head/Head/Head
5 Suter, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
6 Marchand-Arvier, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
7 Schnarf, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
8 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
9 Stechert, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
10 Rubens, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Women’s combined, St Moritz, Switzerland, Jan. 29, 2010
. … It is the 24th race of the women’s 33 race 2010 World Cup schedule. … It is the second of three schedule combined events. … The first of three for St Moritz. … It is the 32nd World Cup event to be held at St Moritz, 24th women’s race and third combined, all women’s. … No American has won a World Cup at St Moritz since Tyler Palmer won a slalom in 1971, the first season the site hosted a Cup race.

It is the 41st career win for Anja Paerson. … her first since winning the Zauchensee DH Jan. 18, 2009. … She is ranked fourth all-time among women for World Cup victories. … and second among all Swedes behind Ingemar Stenmark’s 86. … It is her third combined win, the first coming at the end of 2008. … It is her fourth Cup win at St Moritz and second at St Moritz in combined the others coming in downhill and super G.

It is the seventh career World Cup podium for Michaela Kirchgasser. … her second in combined with the remainder all GS’s. … It is her first podium of the season though she has six top 10 finishes including a fourth in the other combined, at Val d’Isere Dec. 18. … She is the tenth Austrian to podium this season.

It is the 59th career World Cup podium for Lindsey Vonn. … Her eighth in combined. … It is her 12th podium of the season, eight of those victories. … It is her fourth career Cup podium at St Moritz and second in combined at St Moritz. … She has yet to win at the site.

It is a career best World Cup result for Shona Rubens. … Four of her 10 career scoring results have come this season. … It is her second score at St Moritz having placed 18th in the 2006 DH. … It is the 103rd top 15 career Cup result for Julia Mancuso. … Her ninth of the season. … It is her sixth best of seven career scoring results at St Moritz. … It is the 123rd career scoring result for Emily Brydon. … Her seventh best of 10 scores this season. … It is her 13th career combined score.

Vonn pads her lead of the World Cup overall standings to 1166-1050 over Maria Riesch (DNF SG). … Paerson moves to third at 836. … Brydon is the top Canadian overall in 21st with 265pts. … Vonn maintains the lead of the combined standings 160-150 over Paerson with Kirchgasser third at 130pts. … Brydon leads the Canadians in 10th with 47pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup standings 2879-2735 over Germany. … France is third at 1836 and the U.S. fourth at 1812. … Canada is ninth at 720pts.

Results:

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Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  17  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:17.43  43.11  2:00.54  0.00
 2  8  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   1:17.68  43.29  2:00.97  4.42
 3  21  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:16.61  44.85  2:01.46  9.46
 4  16  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:18.38  43.13  2:01.51  9.98
 5  18  515766 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:17.50  44.63  2:02.13  16.36
 6  20  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:17.38  44.83  2:02.21  17.18
 7  9  296427 SCHNARF Johanna  1984  ITA   1:18.29  43.93  2:02.22  17.28
 8  3  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:18.94  43.29  2:02.23  17.39
 9  1  206175 STECHERT Gina  1987  GER   1:17.19  45.06  2:02.25  17.59
 10  35  106666 RUBENS Shona  1986  CAN   1:18.54  43.78  2:02.32  18.31
 11  6  225206 ALCOTT Chemmy  1982  GBR   1:18.12  44.29  2:02.41  19.24
 12  26  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:16.28  46.17  2:02.45  19.65
 13  19  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:17.87  44.64  2:02.51  20.27
 14  50  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:17.15  45.60  2:02.75  22.73
 15  28  515806 KAMER Nadja  1986  SUI   1:17.39  45.37  2:02.76  22.84
 16  13  155415 ZAHROBSKA Sarka  1985  CZE   1:18.95  43.85  2:02.80  23.25
 17  12  565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO   1:17.32  45.75  2:03.07  26.03
 18  5  515849 DETTLING Andrea  1987  SUI   1:18.00  45.27  2:03.27  28.08
 19  30  55806 ALTACHER Margret  1986  AUT   1:18.43  44.86  2:03.29  28.29
 20  10  105997 BRYDON Emily  1980  CAN   1:18.35  44.96  2:03.31  28.50
 21  29  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:18.02  45.30  2:03.32  28.60
 22  37  196968 BAILET Margot  1990  FRA   1:18.83  44.68  2:03.51  30.55
 23  14  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:19.14  44.49  2:03.63  31.79
 24  47  425887 LOESETH Mona  1991  NOR   1:19.09  44.64  2:03.73  32.82
 25  40  297134 BORSOTTI Camilla  1988  ITA   1:19.18  44.68  2:03.86  34.15
 26  25  515997 FEIERABEND Denise  1989  SUI   1:19.02  45.01  2:04.03  35.90
 27  34  515782 ABDERHALDEN Marianne  1986  SUI   1:18.94  45.10  2:04.04  36.00
 28  58  465059 MIKLOS Edith  1988  ROU   1:18.58  45.58  2:04.16  37.24
 29  32  205993 HOELZL Kathrin  1984  GER   1:19.22  45.03  2:04.25  38.16
 30  24  206323 STIEPEL Isabelle  1990  GER   1:18.75  45.87  2:04.62  41.97
 31  33  515587 PUENCHERA Jessica  1982  SUI   1:19.48  45.16  2:04.64  42.18
 32  51  55766 MADER Regina  1985  AUT   1:18.47  46.24  2:04.71  42.90
 33  42  485563 PROSTEVA Elena  1990  RUS   1:19.16  45.64  2:04.80  43.82
 34  48  538038 MARSHALL Chelsea  1986  USA   1:18.87  45.96  2:04.83  44.13
 35  49  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR   1:19.27  45.61  2:04.88  44.65
 36  38  197009 GEROUDET Jeromine  1990  FRA   1:19.48  45.67  2:05.15  47.42
 37  45  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA   1:18.23  46.94  2:05.17  47.63
 38  27  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:18.50  47.25  2:05.75  53.60
 39  54  538284 MCJAMES Megan  1987  USA   1:19.48  46.60  2:06.08  56.99
 40  52  505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE   1:19.49  46.77  2:06.26  58.84
 41  46  155333 HRSTKOVA Lucie  1981  CZE   1:19.57  47.12  2:06.69  63.27
Did not start 2nd run
   63  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole  1989  AUT         
   62  515170 STYGER Nadia  1978  SUI         
   55  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA         
   31  296729 FANCHINI Nadia  1986  ITA         
   23  195671 JACQUEMOD Ingrid  1978  FRA         
   4  538305 SMITH Leanne  1987  USA         
Did not start 1st run
   44  195983 ROLLAND Marion  1982  FRA         
Did not finish 2nd run
   61  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena  1984  ARG         
   57  196573 REVILLET Aurelie  1986  FRA         
   43  537626 RICHARDSON Kaylin  1984  USA         
   15  195972 AUBERT Sandrine  1982  FRA         
   11  515692 GRAND Rabea  1984  SUI         
   2  196812 PELLISSIER Marion  1988  FRA         
Did not finish 1st run
   60  105920 SIMMERLING Georgia  1989  CAN         
   59  296476 ALFIERI Camilla  1985  ITA         
   56  225308 THORBURN Pamela  1986  GBR         
   53  375018 COLETTI Alexandra  1983  MON         
   41  55913 MOSER Stefanie  1988  AUT         
   39  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN         
   36  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER         
   22  206001 RIESCH Maria  1984  GER         
   7  55898 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT   

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