Vonn makes her case

7th World Cup win shows she’s ready for Olympics

With Lindsey Vonn’s win in the Super-G, she took the World Cup overall points lead. With Lindsey Vonn’s win in the Super-G, she took the World Cup overall points lead. (Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
By Andrew Dampf
Associated Press / January 23, 2010

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CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy - Already perfect in the downhill this season, Lindsey Vonn now looks unstoppable in the super-G, too.

She won for the seventh time this season, regained the lead in the overall World Cup standings - perhaps for good - and sent a strikingly clear signal that she is indeed ready as the Vancouver Olympics near.

“Sometimes people just get this feeling that everything is clicking and everything is working well together,’’ she said. “And right now everything is working well for me.’’

Vonn sped down the twisting Olympia delle Tofane course in 1 minute 21.74 seconds. Fabienne Suter of Switzerland was 0.67 seconds behind and Anja Paerson of Sweden was third, 0.74 back.

Germany’s Maria Riesch, Vonn’s rival and good friend, made a major mistake midway down and finished 15th. Vonn leads Riesch, 994-938, in the overall standings. Of the 13 races remaining this season, only three are technical events.

Vonn increased her advantage at each checkpoint. She pumped her fist at the finish, jerking her poles in delight - one of her biggest victory celebrations of late.

“I think that was right up there with the Haus super-G - just really pumped,’’ said Vonn, referring to her weekend sweep earlier this month in Austria. “It’s so rewarding when you have success like that because I’ve worked so hard. “I just hope I can keep it going up until and through Vancouver.’’

Vonn was coming off a run of three technical races in which she failed to gain a single point. Now she’s in position to keep the overall lead for the rest of the season and clinch a third consecutive overall title.

“I’m pretty optimistic right now,’’ Vonn said. “If I can execute the next couple weeks then I hope that things should be looking even better.’’

Vonn also leads the super-G standings, with twice as many points as second-place Suter.

Vonn will again be the favorite for today’s downhill, then will attempt to get her technical skiing back on track in a giant slalom tomorrow.

Before the Olympics open Feb. 12, only one more stop remains on the women’s calendar - in St. Moritz, Switzerland.