Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mirjam Puchner Wins The Downhill Race, Lindsey Vonn Grabs Downhill Crystal Globe

Austria's Mirjam Puchner won the last Downhill race of the season, her first career World Cup victory. Fabienne Suter came in second just +0.13 behind and Elena Curtoni took third +0.17 seconds out.
Puchner has been strong on the St. Moritz course all week, including having the fastest complete training run yesterday. But nevertheless her triumph in today’s downhill came as a surprise. Her previous best downhill finish was this season in Val d’Isère where she earned eighth place and she entered today’s race ranked 18th in the downhill standings.
"I'm speechless, my goal today was to finish in the top ten, so I am overwhelmed", said Puchner. "I had it a little easier since I started earlier. The light definitely got harder as the race went on. It was a great atmosphere today in St. Moritz, I am really looking forward to the World Championships next year".
Fabienne Suter was the only one of the top-ten ranked downhill skiers to make it onto the podium as the course slowed significantly as the race wore on, leaving the favourites well off the winning pace. Suter was also one of the few racers with a late bib number to find success, much to the joy of the Swiss fans, who were already in a festive mood after Beat Feuz’s downhill triumph an hour earlier.It was Suter’s fifth time finishing in second place this season.
"It’s a good way to end the season", said Suter. "The podium today was good finish for me and now I can look ahead with full motivation for next season".

Lindsey Vonn already had the Audi FIS World Cup ladies’ downhill globe wrapped up entering today’s final race in St. Moritz. Lindsey Vonn raced to the runner-up position behind Nadia Fanchini on 20th February in la Thuile (ITA) . With the second place, the 31-year-old secured the downhill crystal globe. With this eighth downhill crystal globe, Vonn broke Moser-Pröll's record for most in this discipline. Vonn also surpassed Stenmark with a total of 20 globes (all disciplines). Stenmark claimed 19 crystal globes between 1975 and 1984.

Tomorrow Lara Gut has a good shot at winning her second super-G globe as she is only 19 points behind the leader Lindsey Vonn. She is followed by Cornelia Hütter (AUT, 340) and Tina Weirather (LIE, 336). A sixth place (40 points) would be sufficient for Lara Gut to secure the title.

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