LAKE LOUISE,CANADA,06.DEC.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, Super G, ladies. Image shows Lindsey Vonn (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christopher Kelemen

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – The third World Cup win of the weekend for Lindsey Vonn didn’t matter quite as much to the speed queen as rounding off her career victory tally to a solid 70.

“My stepmom wrote me yesterday saying, ‘Sixty-nine is great, but I like round numbers so could you please just make it to 70?’ Last year I had 60 here, so it’s kind of nice,” said Vonn. “Seventy is a pretty big number.”

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Vonn hushed any doubters who wondered if she could put an end to Swiss skier Lara Gut’s super G streak at Lake Louise, which had spanned the past two seasons, but there were more than a few bets on the line before she even pushed out of the starting gate.

“It was a big deal. I feel like there were some people that doubted whether I could win today, and especially because Lara had won the last couple races here in super G. Also my technician made some bets with people, so I felt a little bit like I had to come through. It was my physio Lindsay’s last day with me traveling on the road, so I kind of wanted to end with a bang,” said Vonn.

With her smoothest of three runs all weekend, Vonn unseated race leader and practical unknown Tamara Tippler of Austria by 1.32 seconds. Starting third, Tippler had capitalized on an early run down a pretty clean track and held a somewhat miraculous lead over the field, considering that her previous best super G finish was 21st in the 2014 Val d’Isere race and her career best had come yesterday with 16th in the downhill. Only Vonn was able to overtake the 39th-ranked super G skier on the day.

“I knew my run wasn’t that bad,” explained Tippler. “It was a really fast super G today, and I think that is a little bit for me. It’s so amazing – I have no words to describe it.”

For all the spectacle of Vonn’s trifecta, Tippler’s teammate Conny Huetter also leaves Lake Louise with three podium results herself after finishing third in the super G. Before coming to Canada this year, Huetter had only stood on a World Cup podium once in her career.

“Today was not easy, I was a little bit tired in my mind,” Huetter said. “I had to push hard, and it is a good result. I am super happy about it. The first part of the course wasn’t easy. I struggled a little bit to find some speed, but the lower part was good.”

Gut was looking for her third consecutive super G victory at the venue, but her run – 1.77 seconds off Vonn’s winning pace – proved only fast enough for seventh place. She secured three top-10 results over the weekend but not a single top-five finish, and Vonn leapfrogged over both her and Shiffrin to take the lead in the overall.

In the finish area, Gut shook her head and said through a chuckle, “Europe. I have to go back to Europe,” indicating that she is looking forward to stronger results on more familiar snow surfaces.

Although Shiffrin yielded her overall lead to Vonn, she emerged from the day with a solid performance in the debut World Cup speed race of her career. From bib 32, she made technical turns down the top of the course and crossed the finish line in an incredibly respectable 15th place.

“Mission accomplished. In the back of my head I was thinking, I’ll get points, but maybe a top 15. So by holding in 15th, that’s a really good day,” said Shiffrin. “There were some spots that I was probably a little bit too wide and here and there maybe turning almost too much. But down the pitch, onto the flats, I felt like I carried some good speed. What I hear is that I was pretty good on the flats, and that’s probably a spot where everyone expected me to be slow. So I’m starting ahead of where I actually thought I would. I felt solid on the skis and it was really fun to be honest.”

Shiffrin will look to clean up some elements before taking on the combined in Val d’Isere, France, later this month, and she caught a bit of the speed bug after her first shot at the Lake Louise course.

“When it came down to it, I was totally comfortable (in the air). And (the jumps) weren’t very big, actually, it was like 20 meters, 25 maybe. I felt super comfortable, and both of them were left-footed turns into the jumps, so just flattening out the skis the timing was fine,” she noted. “I’m probably still a little harsh on my landings, so I’ll work on that, but otherwise the course was amazing. First time on that hill ever, and I don’t ever want to leave. I can see why Lindsey loves this place.”

Norwegian Lotte Sejersted, who missed the majority of last season following a concussion sustained in a crash at Val d’Isere, was the only skier other than Tippler from outside the top-15 rankings to crack the top 10 on the day. She finished a career-best fifth.

Two other U.S. Ski Team athletes wound up in the points – Laurenne Ross was 12th, and Stacey Cook 17th. Canadian 19-year-old Valerie Grenier had the second best result of her career, finishing 16th.

The women now move on to race giant slalom and slalom in Are, Sweden, on Dec. 12-13.


The Scoop
By Hank McKee

  1. Vonn, Head/Head/Head
  2. Tippler, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
  3. Huetter, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
  4. Schnarf, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  5. Sejersted, Head/Head/Head
  6. Rebensburg, Stockli/Lange/Atomic
  7. Gut, Head/Head/Head
  8. Schmidhofer, Fischer/FischerFischer
  9. Fanchini, Dynastar/Lange/Dynastar
  10. Weirather, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  • Women’s World Cup super G, Lake Louise, Canada, Dec. 6, 2015. … It is the seventh of 41 races on the women’s 2015-16 World Cup schedule … the first of eight scheduled super Gs. … It is the 105th World Cup race hosted by Lake Louise … the 39th super G. … Lara Gut won the last two women’s super Gs at the site, and Lindsey Vonn the three straight before that.
  • It is the third consecutive win for Lindsey Vonn and the 70th of her career … her 25th in super G moving her past Hermann Maier to become the all-time winningest super G skier in World Cup history. … It is her 18th win at Lake Louise … her fourth in super G. … In 11 Lake Louise super Gs contested, Vonn has missed the podium three times. … Winning margin is 1.32 seconds. … Top nine skiers are within two seconds.
  • It is the first career World Cup podium for Tamara Tippler, her previous best a 16th in downhill the day before.
  • It is the fourth career World Cup podium for Cornelia Huetter and her third in three days.
  • It is the 12th top-12 World Cup finish of Laurenne Ross’ career and her best finish of the weekend. … It is the 11th best career result for Larisa Yurkiw and third best of the weekend. … It is the first career super G result for Mikaela Shiffrin. … It is the second career World Cup scoring finish for Valerie Grenier after a 13th in super G at St. Moritz last January. … It is the ninth best of 34 World Cup super G scoring results for Stacey Cook and her best of all time at Lake Louise.
  • Vonn leads the World Cup overall standings 300-296 over Shiffrin. … Lara Gut is third with 258pts.
  • Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 852-797 over the U.S. …Italy is third with 745pts. … Canada is seventh with 252pts.

Official Results

 1 21 537544VONN Lindsey1984USA 1:19.79 0.00
 2 3 56088TIPPLER Tamara1991AUT 1:21.11 +1.32 17.87
 3 17 56128HUETTER Cornelia1992AUT 1:21.14 +1.35 18.27
 4 24 296427SCHNARF Johanna1984ITA 1:21.28 +1.49 20.17
 5 4 425880SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth1991NOR 1:21.45 +1.66 22.47
 6 16 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 1:21.55 +1.76 23.82
 7 20 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:21.56 +1.77 23.96
 8 9 55970SCHMIDHOFER Nicole1989AUT 1:21.63 +1.84 24.91
 9 18 296729FANCHINI Nadia1986ITA 1:21.67 +1.88 25.45
 10 19 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:21.88 +2.09 28.29
 11 13 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:21.94 +2.15 29.10
 12 12 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA 1:21.96 +2.17 29.37
 13 5 197295PIOT Jennifer1992FRA 1:22.00 +2.21 29.91
 14 7 106849YURKIW Larisa1988CAN 1:22.02 +2.23 30.18
 15 32 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA 1:22.08 +2.29 31.00
 16 1 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN 1:22.14 +2.35 31.81
 17 23 537582COOK Stacey1984USA 1:22.21 +2.42 32.76
 18 29 196968BAILET Margot1990FRA 1:22.26 +2.47 33.43
 19 30 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:22.31 +2.52 34.11
 20 15 515766SUTER Fabienne1985SUI 1:22.37 +2.58 34.92
 21 31 56125PUCHNER Mirjam1992AUT 1:22.41 +2.62 35.46
 22 33 516319SUTER Corinne1994SUI 1:22.43 +2.64 35.73
 23 36 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 1:22.46 +2.67 36.14
 24 28 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:22.47 +2.68 36.28
 25 10 296472FANCHINI Elena1985ITA 1:22.61 +2.82 38.17
 26 8 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:22.67 +2.88 38.98
 27 6 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:22.76 +2.97 40.20
 28 2 425929MOWINCKEL Ragnhild1992NOR 1:22.90 +3.11 42.10
 29 50 206520DORSCH Patrizia1994GER 1:23.05 +3.26 44.13
 30 22 55576GOERGL Elisabeth1981AUT 1:23.17 +3.38 45.75
 31 40 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI 1:23.20 +3.41 46.16
 32 27 197497MIRADOLI Romane1994FRA 1:23.32 +3.53 47.78
 33 25 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI 1:23.33 +3.54 47.92
 34 34 516185HAEHLEN Joana1992SUI 1:23.49 +3.70 50.08
 35 26 155563KRIZOVA Klara1989CZE 1:23.73 +3.94 53.33
 36 49 197641GAUCHE Laura1995FRA 1:23.76 +3.97 53.74
 37 39 197615BESSY Anouk1995FRA 1:23.81 +4.02 54.41
 38 55 56224MAIER Sabrina1994AUT 1:23.84 +4.05 54.82
 38 48 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON 1:23.84 +4.05 54.82
 40 37 55913MOSER Stefanie1988AUT 1:23.89 +4.10 55.50
 41 41 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA 1:23.90 +4.11 55.63
 42 35 539457MARNO Anna1992USA 1:24.09 +4.30 58.20
 43 42 197665LARROUY Noemie1995FRA 1:24.10 +4.31 58.34
 44 38 538685MCKENNIS Alice1989USA 1:24.23 +4.44 60.10
 45 44 516145KUENG Mirena1988SUI 1:24.36 +4.57 61.86
 46 51 245066MIKLOS Edit1988HUN 1:24.47 +4.68 63.35
 47 47 565333BRODNIK Vanja1989SLO 1:24.48 +4.69 63.48
 48 46 56200NICOLUSSI Kerstin1994AUT 1:24.87 +5.08 68.76
 49 43 539363GHENT Abby1992USA 1:24.89 +5.10 69.03
 50 52 506584RAPAPORT Helena1994SWE 1:25.33 +5.54 74.99
 51 54 465098CAILL Ania Monica1995ROU 1:26.31 +6.52 88.25
 52 45 206548MAGG Ann Katrin1994GER 1:27.74 +7.95 107.61
Did not finish 1st run
 53 115115BARAHONA Noelle1990CHI
 14 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE
 11 296431STUFFER Verena1984ITA