|CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (March 9) - Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) landed on the podium for the second time this weekend, finishing third in a World Cup super combined in Switzerland on Sunday. German Maria Riesch was second to clinch the super combined World Cup title and move ahead of Austrian Nicole Hosp to second in the overall, 157 points behind Vonn.WCSN.com will broadcast the women's slalom starting at 12 p.m. ET.|
Sweden's Anja Paerson won the super combined, marking her third win this season.
Vonn led the downhill portion of the race by a dominating .89 seconds, but finished 16th in the slalom to finish third.
"I think the downhill portion went pretty well. I made a couple of small mistakes, but I still had a pretty good advantage going into the slalom," Vonn said. "The slalom was really tough because it was warm and the snow turned to slush. I went a little too straight going into the flat section and I lost all of my speed. But, I'm really happy with third place."
"She dominated the downhill again. She did a fantastic job and was thrashing everybody by almost a second," said Speed Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. "It was a perfect scenario going into the slalom. But in the slalom she had a big mistake before the flat [section] and that was it so she ended up third. With a normal solid slalom run, she would have won that easily."
Vonn, who won the season's first super combined in St. Anton, Austria, finished second in the World Cup super combined standings. German Maria Riesch, who finished second behind Anja Paerson of Sweden in the race, was able to secure her place as leader of the World Cup super combined standings.
"It was a good day and I'm really happy for Maria that she won the super combined globe. She worked really hard to get it," Vonn said.
Vonn now leads the World Cup overall standings by a 157-point margin. Riesch moved into second, bumping Hosp to third.
"This weekend was a big step in the right direction, but it's not over until it's over. I have to keep working hard, especially in the next two speed events, and try to maintain that advantage," Vonn said. "Nikki and Maria are both skiing really well right now and they're both within striking distance and I just have to do what I'm doing and hopefully that will get me on top."
It was also a special day for Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) who celebrated her birthday during the super combined. The Swiss played her Happy Birthday over the public address system and presented Mancuso, who finished 25th in the race, with a bouquet of flowers following her downhill run.
"Julia had a pretty good downhill. She had a little bit of a mistake at the top, but the bottom was really good and she was ninth," Hoedlmoser said. "She had a decent upper part of the slalom, but had some mistakes at the bottom."
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup now heads to Bormio, Italy, for World Cup finals March 12-16. Racing opens with the downhill Wednesday, a title Vonn clinched last month. There will be 400 total points at stake over the four races, with Vonn holding a 157 point margin.
"It was a really good weekend and now I'm looking forward to racing in Bormio," Vonn said.
2008 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
Crans-Montana, SUI - March 9, 2008
1. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 2:30.60
2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 2:30.80
3. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 2:30.86
4. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 2:31.05
5. Ingrid Jacquemod, France, 2:31.71
23. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, CA, 2:34.18
25. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 2:34.36