|ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 3) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) crept closer to the overall World Cup lead Sunday, finishing fourth in a super G - one-hundredth of a second off the podium. Points leader Nicole Hosp of Austria finished sixth, so Vonn trails by 89 points in second place. Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) was 27th as Canadian Emily Brydon crushed the bottom of the run to win by 0.25 seconds."No weather problems today. It was a fair race, which is what we always want," said Downhill/SG Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. Saturday, a mid-race weather change brought out the sun and speeded the course so a racer starting 47th could win. Brydon, who was second in a super G at St. Moritz last December, ran 12th.|
photo Doug Haney US Ski Team
Brydon's time was 1:17.39 as she earned her first World Cup victory. In December, she was second in another super G at St. Moritz, which picked up two races from weather-troubled Val d'Isere, France. Austrian Elisabeth Goergl was runner-up in 1:17.64.
Vonn, the World Cup downhill leader, finished in 1:17.69, putting her 0.01 behind Austrian Renate Goetschl. Ludlow's time was 1:18.90 with Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) just out of the points in 32nd (1:19.04).
After 25 World Cup races, Hosp - the defending overall champion - has 957 points. Vonn is second at 868 with Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) sixth.
"It's disappointing to be so close to the podium - yesterday [in downhill when she tied for fifth] it was seven-hundredths, today just one-hundredth and five-hundredths away from second place," Vonn said. "These races have been so close and it'll be hard to look at video and find where I lost a hundredth.
"On the whole, I'm pleased with my skiing for the weekend. Yesterday was hard because of the flat light - it was totally lights out [dark]. It turned into a wild ride, and today it was sunny. I made it down without any problems and that's always good."
Hoedlmoser said he would have to analyze videos of the race to see where Vonn may have made a costly mistake "but she skied really well again. She had no major mistakes, but the race was so tight and unfortunately she was on the wrong side of the hundredths again to make the podium."
In downhill, skiers get one or more training runs on a course to familiarize themselves with high-speed sections and the terrain. In super G, there is no training - athletes show up and race.
"She's so confident in downhill, maybe because of the training runs. She knows where she can takes risks and what she can do. In super G, there's always the risk of going out if you take big chances, and with the tightness of the points race, no one wants to lose a race," he said.
He said the other U.S. women skied well and didn't make any major mistakes, either, "although it doesn't show in the results." Mancuso, who finished third overall a year ago as she recorded her first four World Cup victories, was 38th. Hoedlmoser was mystified on what went wrong. "She nailed my section [where he observed the race] completely, and it's hard to figure what went wrong. We'll need to go over the video for Jules, too."
The women race next on the men's 2006 Olympic Borgata speed track in Sestriere, Italy. They have another downhill Saturday and a super G next Sunday.
2008 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
St. Moritz, SUI - Feb. 3, 2008
Women's Super G
1. Emily Brydon, Canada, 1:17.39
2. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 1:17.64
3. Renate Goetschl, Austria, 1:17.68
4. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:17.69
5. Lara Gut, Switzerland, 1:17.77
27. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, WA, 1:18.90
32. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:19.04
35. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:19.20
38. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:19.21
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