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Skiing - 26. February 2008.

Vonn Sixth in World Cup Super Combined

WHISTLER, B.C. (Feb. 24) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) came back from 10th in the super G to finish sixth overall in Sunday's super combined, which mixed super G with one run of slalom, on the 2010 Olympic course. Her finish tightened the race in the overall World Cup with Austria's Nicole Hosp, who finished fourth. The two are now separated by 54 points, with Vonn remaining in the lead. Maria Riesch of Germany won in 2:10.07, finishing first in both the super G and slalom.

photo Doug Haney US Ski Team

"It turned out OK. But It was pretty tough," Vonn said. "The super G didn't go that well for me. Some of the coaches were saying I got a pretty strong headwind because I was absolutely dead last in the first 13 seconds. In the combined I really need that time gap like I had in St. Anton. I need a little bit of a buffer because I'm skiing pretty well in slalom but I'm not winning the run."

After finishing second in the super G, Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) came in right behind Vonn in seventh. Mancuso skied the super G nearly perfectly, but a mistake up top in the slalom cost her a higher place.

"I'm really satisfied with race I had. I was really comfortable on my skis," Mancuso said. "The goal was to just go out, relax, and enjoy skiing, and that's been working really well for me."

Vonn had a great comeback, skiing with near perfection during the slalom, with the fourth fastest run at 48.02. The performance pushed her up from the super G finish and enabled her to keep her lead on Hosp in the World Cup. Vonn is also in the hunt for the World Cup super combined title. She currently sits in second, 40 points behind Riesch, with one event to go.

"The goal today was to fight hard and to not lose ground on Nicole [Hosp] and I think I did that pretty well," Vonn said. "It wasn't a win, but it was a solid performance and I'm looking forward to the next three weeks. I'm just going to rest up and relax for the next couple of days and train hard before Europe before the next tech races."

The women have a matchup next weekend in Arber, Gremany, with a giant slalom and slalom, then it's back to speed events in Crans Montana, Switzerland, with downhill and a super combined March 5-9. The World Cup ends with the Grand Finals March 12-16 in Bormio, Italy.

Whistler, B.C. Feb. 24, 2008
Women's Super Combined
(super G and one run of slalom)

1. Maria Riesch, Germany, 2:10.07
2. Marlies Schild, Austria, 2:10.16
3. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 2:10.38
4. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 2:10.40
5. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 2:10.63
6. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 2:10.64
7. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 2:11.12
23. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 2:15.19
25. Chelsea Marshall, 2:16.01
DNF: Stacey Cook, Mammoth, CA
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