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Vonn says course looks 'awesome'

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado - Lindsey Vonn said Wednesday's super-G run at Birds of Prey looks "awesome" after getting in two practice runs on the course Tuesday afternoon.

Vonn and the rest of the women's super-G field had 45 minutes Tuesday to get in as many practice runs as possible after the end of the men's giant slalom race. With two runs under her belt, Vonn is ready to race.

"The snow conditions are perfect and yeah, honestly it couldn't be better," Vonn said. "I felt like I got a pretty good feeling for the terrain so I'm going to save my energy for tomorrow."

The conditions are perfect because it's "classic, Colorado snow," Vonn said.

"It's perfectly grippy and dry, and exactly what I love racing on," she said.

Vonn has one more chance to look at the course Wednesday morning during inspection. She already knows where the tougher areas of the course are after Tuesday's runs, and she already seemed to have a strategy in place just minutes after finishing her second practice run.

"I think it's going to be really important to take as much speed as I can from that first pitch onto the flats," Vonn said. "You know, since we're not going off Golden Eagle there's a pretty significant uphill portion where it's going to be important to carry all the speed into there and then just executing that last pitch and taking that speed into the finish are going to be the key points on the course, I think."

Vonn was disappointed to learn that the women's super G course at Birds of Prey - which was designed within the last week or so as Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley Foundation got word that the World Cup races in Val D'Isere, France, were being moved to Beaver Creek - would not go over Golden Eagle.

"There's no jumps in it now, and Golden Eagle is kind of like the signature jump of Birds of Prey, and I think it would have been really fun to go off of it," Vonn said. "But I guess we'll just have to have another race here."

Impressive weekend

Vonn is coming off an impressive weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta, where she won all three races there to sweep the weekend. The momentum definitely carries into Birds of Prey, she said, but she has to keep her focus on this race and not on Lake Louise, she said.

"Lake Louise is Lake Louise, and I have to really just focus on this course and the tactics that are going to help me win this race," Vonn said. "I definitely have confidence from Lake Louise. But it's definitely different here because we've never raced on the track before and it presents a whole other level of challenges, so I'm just going to try to face those head-on and hopefully come out victorious."

If Vonn wins Wednesday, it will be her first World Cup win in the United States.

"I'm so excited to have this opportunity," she said. "I've always been so jealous of the men - they always get to race here every year - but this is my first time and hopefully not the last. I'm going to try to do my best to finally get a win, not only in the U.S., but in my hometown."

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.


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