Lindsey Vonn propels turbo engines to take 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 her 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 a 0.05 advantage on second place finisher Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. 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 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 prevously held the record at 17. 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. MORE TO COME Image by Gepa
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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