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Vonn Fourth in Maribor Slalom
MARIBOR, Slovenia - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) tied for fourth in Sunday's slalom after skiing the fastest second run of the day. Vonn came from 18th place after run one, trying to catch German slalom ace and current overall World Cup leader, Maria Riesch, who had a 1.39 second advantage. Riesch won to mark her fourth consecutive slalom victory.
Austrian Kathrin Zettel was second, Tanja Poutianenen of Finalnd was third and Vonn tied for fourth with Anja Paerson of Sweden.
The slalom win keeps Riesch in the lead of the season's slalom standings and puts her 85 points ahead of Poutianen in the overall race.
Women's Alpine Tech Coach Trevor Wagner said Vonn poured on the intensity in the second run to make up ground.
"In the first run she was skiing a little bit cautiously and lost speed at the bottom. It wasn't full gas like she can do," Wagner said. "Second run she made up a huge amount of ground."
Wagner said the other Americans didn't attack like they needed to qualify for a second run.
"On a hill like that, you really need to go for it. All or nothing," Wagner said.
Though Vonn is third in the overall standings, the women are preparing to race six speed events in a row where Vonn, the defending downhill and overall champion, will have a chance to reclaim the lead.
"We've had a lot of technical events in a row, but now it's time for downhill and super G and Lindsey is very fast in both of those. I think it's her turn now and Tanja [Poutainen] doesn't compete in either of those," Riesch said in the finish of Sunday's slalom.
Next, the women will race a super combined in Altenmark-Zauchensee, followed by a downhill in the same location. Then they're off to Cortina for more speed races.
Vonn said she is looking forward to the upcoming block of speed races. In 2007, she was second in super combined in Altenmarkt and she won the downhill in Cortina last year. So far this season, there has only been one downhill due to bad weather conditions, but Vonn won it.
"I'm really excited to get back into speed. There has been a really big tech block," Vonn said.
She said she feels good on her speed skis and has had the chance to do some training to stay fresh.
"I feel good, my timing feels right and it will be great to get back on the long boards," Vonn said.
2009 AUDI FIS WORLD CUP
Maribor, Slovenia - Jan. 10, 2009
1. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1:29.64
2. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 1:30.79
3. Tanja Poutianen, Finland, 1:31.41
4. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:31.68
4. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:31.68
DNQ: Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO), Hailey Duke (Boise, ID), Sterling Grant (Amery, WI) Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN), Kiley Staples (Park City, UT)
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