CORTINA d'AMPEZZO, Italy - The U.S. Ski Team's Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished eighth at a World Cup super G in Italy on Monday. Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was first, marking her first World Cup victory.
While Vonn missed her winning target, she extended her lead in the Audi FIS World Cup to 104 points.
"Super G has been a struggle for the last couple years, and I don't really know what's wrong," Vonn said.
According to Women's Alpine Head Coach Jim Tracy, variable snow conditions could have played a part in Monday's results.
"She was not fast on the top. She came down and in the first 14 seconds she was three tenths out. You really have to execute to make that up," Tracy said. "I think the snow conditions from the first seven women changed and something was different."
For Tracy, moving forward and working on skills is where he plans to lead things for the women.
"We just didn't have one today. I don’t think the material was great in parts and I don't think they skied well in parts," Tracy said. "It's just one of those days where we all look at ourselves and think, 'OK, what are we going to do to do better?'"
Looking at the silver lining, Vonn was happy to have come away from the event still in the lead of the World Cup standings after German Maria Riesch went out.
"I still gained points. In the end, we got lucky. It was a strange race," Vonn said.
Vonn remains positive that with some equipment testing, she will be back on track for the wins.
"We're just struggling in super G, and the skis are not quite running like in downhill. It's just something we have to figure out, Vonn said. "I had some problems last year, and I tested a bunch of stuff before finals, and I ended being second in the last race. So I think we just have to test some different things and see where we can make up some time and go from there."
The women now head to Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, where they will compete in a slalom and super G alongside the men's alpine World Cup tour.
2009 AUDI FIS WORLD CUP
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy - Jan. 26, 2009
Women's Super G
1. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, Sweden, 1:25.13
2. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 1:25.94
3. Andrea Dettling, Switzerland, 1:26.00
4. Monika Dumermuth, Switzerland, 1:26.05
5. Nadia Fanchini, Italy, 1:26.07
8. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:26.12
29. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:27.41
35. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, CA, 1:27.87
45. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, CO, 1:28.87
50. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:29.18
DNF1: Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN), Keely Kelleher (Big Sky, MT)
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photos Janos Schmidt