Vonn wins first female test of Birds of Prey


vonnFunny thing history. Sometimes it just slaps you in the face.

At Beaver Creek Wednesday Lindsey Vonn became the first woman to win on the Birds of Prey course with a less than perfect run that was still good enough to match her with German great Katja Seizinger for the most super G wins in World Cup history (16). It also matched her with Renate Goetschl for third all time for most wins in all disciplines (46). She became the first American racer to win four consecutive World Cup races. And, her win gave America its eighth win of the season, the most ever recorded before the end of December by a US Ski Team. But winning at home, that was what made the race so special to her.

“I have dreamed of racing here since 1999 and of the 46 wins I have so far this is one of the most special.”

“I woke up feeling nervous this morning,” Vonn added. “I listened to some music at the start but it didn’t do much good. When I got to the actual start I was freaking out. I tried to ski aggressive, but it was not a perfect run.”

There’s a few other firsts in there as well. It was her first win of a World Cup on a US course, and stretching for the extreme, there can be no doubt it was the largest crowd for an American World Cup race held on a Wednesday, easily outdrawing the men’s Giant Slalom yesterday.

Vonn ran into some trouble, nearly missing a blind gate about half way down. She was not the fastest out of the start, as has become custom, and she took, lost and retook the lead coming down the hastily created super G course with a newly added section to Bird of Prey being called Raven officially, and Chicken Wing by others.

“I didn’t ski well on top and made some mistakes in the middle,” said Vonn. “I knew if I attacked it (referring to the bottom of the course ) and skied aggressively I could make up some time.”

To put her super G dominance in perspective today’s race was her 14th win in the last 19 World Cup super G’s. There are also four seconds and a third in those 19 races.

The main challengers were among those we have grown accustomed to seeing: four Swiss and three Austrians jammed into the top 10 behind Vonn. But there was also a couple more Americans making their presence felt. Julia Mancuso skied to eighth place, and Leanne Smith just missed the top 10 in 11th.

While Mansuco said the course was so much fun to ski she really didn’t care where she finished, the result was a big one for Smith who has just two results better.

Smith said, “I just knew that my abilities right now are higher than they’ve ever been and I just had to go down there and ski like I did yesterday in training and hope it’s going well. It was definitely a step in the right direction. Last weekend I was really disappointed. I didn’t go at it enough. I definitely tried to do that today on a more difficult course. It’s definitely in the right direction.”

Swiss Fabienne Suter was second, .37 off Vonn’s time, and Austrian Anna Fenninger was third .41 back.

Swiss Martina Schild made a bid to break into the top seed finishing fourth from the second start. First out, and becoming the first woman to race Birds of Prey, was American Stacey Cook.

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The SCOOP
by HANK McKee

Women’s World Cup super-G, Beaver Creek, Colo., Dec. 7, 2011
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Vonn, Head/Head/Head
2 Suter, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
3 Fenninger, Head/Head/Head
4 Schild, Volkl/Lange/Marker
5 Fischbacher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
6 Aufdenblatten, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
7 Gisin, Dynastar/Lange/Marker
8 Mancuso, Voelkl/Lange/Marker
9 Lindell-Vikarby, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
10 Goergl, Head/Head/Head

Women’s World Cup super-G, Beaver Creek, Colo., Dec. 7, 2011. … It is the seventh race of the women’s 40 race 2011-12 World Cup season. … It is the second of seven scheduled super G’s. … and is a make up race originally scheduled at Val d’Isere, France Dec. 11 and moved due to a lack of snow. … It is the 46th Cup race hosted by Beaver Creek and the 13th super G. … It is the first Cup women’s race ever at Beaver Creek. … Lindsey Vonn has won 13 of the last 18 World Cup super G’s prior to this race.

It is the 46th career World Cup win for Lindsey Vonn. … extending her U.S. record and moving her into a tie with Renate Goetschl for third all time among women. … It is her 16th Cup super G win moving her into a tie with Katja Seizinger for most among female skiers. … It is her first Cup win in the U.S. and the first at Beaver Creek in the inaugural race at the site. … It is her fifth victory of the season in six races entered.

It is the 12th career World Cup podium for Fabienne Suter. … her eighth in super G. … Her previous best result of the season is 14th, scored twice in back-to-back downhills at Lake Louise.

It is the fifth career World Cup podium result for Anna Fenninger (without a win) her fourth in super G, and her second of the season having placed second in super G at Lake Louise three days earlier.

It is the 96th career World Cup top 10 for Julia Mancuso, her 27th in super G and her third best result of the season after scoring podium finishes in the Aspen GS Nov. 26 and the Lake Louise SG Dec. 4. …
Leanne Smith matches her third best career Cup finish and marks the fourth time she has finished one placing outside the top 10. … It is the 58th career Cup scoring result for Stacey Cook, who became the first woman to race on Birds of Prey as the first skier in the race.

Vonn leads the World Cup overall standings 522-286 over Viktoria Rebensburg (did not finish). … Elisabeth Goergl (10th in race) sits third overall with 269pts. … Julia Mancuso is fifth with 201. … Michele-Marie Gagnon tops the Canadians in 42nd place with 35pts. … Vonn leads the super G standings 200-140 over Fenninger with Suter third at 94pts. … Mancuso in fourth with 92pts. … Gagnon is top Canadian in 35th with five points. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup standings 1117-885 over the US. … Canada ranks 11th with 53pts.

Place   Beaver Creek (USA)   Discipline   Super G
Date   07.12.2011   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   5476   Gender   L
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Lashley Bradford (CAN)
       
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  17  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:10.68  0.00
 2  11  515766 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:11.05  5.55
 3  18  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:11.09  6.15
 4  2  515560 SCHILD Martina  1981  SUI   1:11.58  13.50
 5  14  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:11.91  18.45
 6  28  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi  1981  SUI   1:11.92  18.60
 7  13  515747 GISIN Dominique  1985  SUI   1:11.93  18.75
 8  21  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:12.16  22.20
 9  12  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:12.32  24.60
 10  22  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:12.34  24.90
 11  23  538305 SMITH Leanne  1987  USA   1:12.36  25.20
 11  7  355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE   1:12.36  25.20
 13  9  296427 SCHNARF Johanna  1984  ITA   1:12.40  25.80
 14  10  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:12.59  28.64
 15  27  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:12.60  28.79
 16  8  55690 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT   1:12.62  29.09
 16  3  296431 STUFFER Verena  1984  ITA   1:12.62  29.09
 18  25  297910 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA   1:12.66  29.69
 19  41  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR   1:12.72  30.59
 20  33  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca  1990  ITA   1:12.79  31.64
 21  16  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:12.97  34.34
 22  42  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:13.04  35.39
 23  36  206367 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER   1:13.09  36.14
 24  24  55806 ALTACHER Margret  1986  AUT   1:13.10  36.29
 25  30  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:13.18  37.49
 26  29  505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE   1:13.43  41.24
 27  5  195983 ROLLAND Marion  1982  FRA   1:13.46  41.69
 28  32  55913 MOSER Stefanie  1988  AUT   1:13.47  41.84
 29  31  295533 RECCHIA Lucia  1980  ITA   1:13.66  44.69
 30  1  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA   1:13.68  44.99
 31  34  196968 BAILET Margot  1990  FRA   1:13.91  48.44
 32  35  565360 STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO   1:14.08  50.99
 33  20  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:14.18  52.49
 34  47  55882 STAUDINGER Christina  1987  AUT   1:14.34  54.89
 35  6  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA   1:14.36  55.19
 36  49  565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO   1:14.42  56.09
 37  43  197006 GAUTHIER Marine  1990  FRA   1:14.48  56.99
 38  48  516145 KUENG Mirena  1988  SUI   1:14.90  63.29
 39  38  297134 BORSOTTI Camilla  1988  ITA   1:14.93  63.74
 40  40  55978 VOGLREITER Mariella  1989  AUT   1:14.94  63.89
 41  52  538038 MARSHALL Chelsea  1986  USA   1:15.23  68.24
 42  50  535585 STAPLES Kiley  1989  USA   1:15.76  76.19
 43  46  538685 MCKENNIS Alice  1989  USA   1:16.43  86.23
 44  54  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena  1984  ARG   1:16.83  92.23
 45  53  35079 SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen  1982  ARG   1:17.04  95.38
Did not finish 1st run
   51  375018 COLETTI Alexandra  1983  MON     
   45  538855 FORD Julia  1990  USA     
   44  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN     
   39  196812 PELLISSIER Marion  1988  FRA     
   37  538975 WALES Brooke  1990  USA     
   26  55766 MADER Regina  1985  AUT     
   19  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI     
   15  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER     
   4  296472 FANCHINI Elena  1985  ITA   

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