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Vonn second in Zauchensee Super G
ZAUCHENSEE, Austria Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) kept the podium streak alive in Zauchensee, finishing second in Sunday's super G behind Switzerland's Lara Gut. Vonn continued to close the gap in the overall World Cup standings, gaining 40 points on German Maria Riesch. Vonn now has five consecutive top three results in the postcard Austrian valley.
Universal Sports TV will air the race at 11 a.m. ET with streaming available at www.UniversalSports.com.
Vonn, once again proved her focus, fighting the entire way to the finish. While exiting the extremely difficult Panorama turn, Vonn went down on her right hip, bounced back to her feet and nearly flew over the tip of her skis before regaining her balance and diving back into her tuck. It was the fourth speed race this season where Vonn was able to turn what could have been a serious crash into a World Cup podium and Sunday was her career 71st World Cup podium.
"I really have to stop making those saves. It's probably pretty fun to watch on TV, but they're definitely not fast," joked Vonn. "But first and second is a great weekend. I'm skiing well but I could have cleaned up some sections and skied a little bit better."
Vonn led a trio of U.S. athletes inside the top 30. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) finished 16th and Laurenne Ross (Klamath Falls, OR) in 23rd. The remainder of the U.S. women finished just outside of the World Cup points with Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 31st, Leanne Smith (Conway, NH) 32nd and Chelsea Marshall (Pittsfield, VT) 34th.
Mancuso had a near mishap just out of the start, losing balance in her tuck, but was able to recover without losing a considerable amount of time to place just outside the top 15.
"It's a really fun course the way it turns through the trees - it's exciting. I'm just still looking for speed, things have been a little off lately," said Mancuso. "Things are good. I just have to find it again. I hopefully figure it out for the next races."
Ross continued to show the World Cup circuit her speed, breaking inside the points for the sixth time this season, including both super G races.
Aside from adding her seventh podium of the season, Vonn made up more ground in the overall standings and continues to lead the super G standings. Gaining another 40 points on Riesch, she has reduced the overall deficit to 96 points.
The women's World Cup circuit's next stop is a night slalom in Flachau, Austria Jan. 11, just down the valley from Zauchensee. The U.S. Ski Team's Vonn, Mancuso and Ross will be joined in Flachau by Sarah Schleper (Vail,CO), Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) and Hailey Duke (Boise, ID) as the USA women look to charge under the lights in the hometown of Austrian great Hermann Maier.
Audi FIS World Cup
Zauchensee, Austria – Jan. 9, 2011
1. Lara Gut, Switzerland, 1:12.82
2. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:13.35
3. Dominique Gisin, Switzerland, 1:13.54
16. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:14.64
23. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 1:15.13
31. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:16.05
32. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:16.25
34. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:16.62
For complete results: www.fis-ski.com