Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lindsey Vonn Wins Downhill Race To Claim Title


It was a fight to the end for the ladies’ 2014/15 downhill Season Title between Lindsey Vonn (USA) and Anna Fenninger (AUT). In the end, Vonn took home the small crystal globe after a victory at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals in Meribel (FRA).
Vonn held a slim 35-point lead in the downhill standings heading into today’s race and racing down just after Fenninger, who sat in fourth place after her run, Vonn laid down a solid run and was in the green when she crossed the finish line, where she staed through the last few skiers.
Fenninger settled for eighth place on the day and now sits in a precarious position in her defense of the Overall Season Title as she lost a large part of her advantage over Tina Maze (SLO) and now leads by just 12 points.
It was Vonn’s seventh downhill season title and her 18th overall crystal globe, both records for the ladies’ Alpine World Cup tour.
"It's incredible after being out with two knee operations it is just amazing to be sitting where I am today", said Vonn after the win. "I'm so proud and happy and I really have to thank the people that supported me and got me back to where I am now".
The warm conditions challenged the ladies’ field as they fought the rapidly softening snow throughout the race, despite an earlier scheduled start time. Three skiers in the small field of 22 did not finish the race. Fenninger and Vonn started with bib 16 and 17 making the hunt for the globe even in terms of course conditions.
Today, Vonn topped Austria’s Elisabeth Georgl and Nicole Hosp by 0.24 and 0.30 seconds, respectively. Fourth place went to Maze, while Carolina Ruiz Castillo (ESP) who is retiring after this season, also had a strong showing, ending just shy of the podium in sixth place.
Vonn ended up winning the downhill globe by 103 points ahead of Fenninger, while Maze took third place in the discipline standings.
Fenninger is also in a fight for the Overall World Cup which just heated up with Fenninger holding the tiny lead after Maze's fourth-place finish. Fenninger is the current defending champion of the ladies’ Overall World Cup title.

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