Super-G wins keep on coming in Italy for Vail’s Vonn
Special to the Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
Editor’s Note: Vail’s Lindsey Vonn, a three-time World Cup overall champion and Olympic downhill gold medalist, reports regularly in collaboration with Denver Post ski writer John Meyer.
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, ITALY – It was another really good weekend for me here with two wins in super-G and a third-place finish in downhill.
The first super-G on Friday was more of a high-speed course, and I had a solid, clean run.
The second super-G on Sunday was a much more difficult course that required a lot of tactics. It was very tricky, with a lot of blind gates, and a lot of people weren’t able to finish. I was able to watch some of the girls’ runs before I went, and Lara Gut of Switzerland had an amazing run, so I knew I had to throw down a really good run to get the win.
In the downhill on Saturday, I made a big mistake and almost crashed really badly, but I was able to pull it off. To be on the podium in the downhill was pretty good, considering my mistake.
About halfway down, I caught an edge and kind of did the splits. It was a pretty critical section, and I was heading straight for the net. It was a very costly mistake, but honestly I was really lucky that I didn’t have a major crash. I would have T-boned it if I hadn’t managed to recover.
It was a sidehill, where you had to drop down with your line and come back up again. It was bumpy there from the super-G the day before. My left ski caught one of the bumps and just took off in the other direction. I just did my best to recover, stay on the course and not T-bone the fence.
There have been several instances this season when I made big recoveries to avoid potentially disastrous crashes, which is not a pattern I want to continue, but it’s not like I’m making the same mistake over and over. It’s something different every time. When you’re trying to ski well, you’re pushing the limits and you’re going 75-80 mph, things can happen. I’m just trying to do the best I can to stay on my feet and be fast.
I picked up 260 World Cup points in the three races and Maria Riesch, the woman I’m chasing for the overall title, got 209 points. There’s still a lot of racing left in the season, so I’m just trying to ski my best race every single day. I’m not thinking about what Maria is doing.
We’ll see what happens at the end of the year. I would prefer to be 200 points ahead, but it’s also not a bad thing to have no pressure and to chase someone.