every split as her advantage grew all the way down 40-gate
course. She crossed the line with a 0.83-second cushion between her and second-place finishing Riesch. It was her first
super G win in Lake Louise.
“I’m really happy,” said Vonn. “I really wanted to close out this
weekend and leave on a positive note and take advantage of
my opportunity. I was worried that I wasn’t going to get a win
here in Lake Louise this year, but I gave it everything I had
here and I skied with aggression and passion and had a great
inspection and I’m just extremely happy with the win today.”
If it weren’t for losing six-hundredths of a second in the last
few gates, it would have been U.S. 1-2 as Julia Mancuso again
showed her speed in third place. It was Mancuso’s sixth career
World Cup super G podium. Vonn and Mancuso have now
shared nine World Cup podiums and one Olympic podium.
“I just went out of the gate charging,” said Mancuso. “I was
psyched to be on the podium. It’s nice to have been skiing really well and consistent in the downhill, so to finish it off with a
third place and my best super G result there is refreshing. I’m
excited and I think it will just get better through the season.”
Cook (20th), Ross (21st), McKennis (22st) and Smith (23rd)
It was a tough home stand for the women in yellow. Marie-Michele Gagnon was the only Canadian to secure any World
Cup points with a 27-place finish in the super G.
The overall World Cup race also got more interesting after the super G as Vonn trailed Riesch by 169 points in the
overall title. Vonn has taken the overall title the last three
consecutive seasons while Riesch has been runner-up the
Elisabeth Goergl finished fifth in the second Lake Louise downhill
even after tearing a ligament in her left knee.