lindsey Vonn wins World Cup super-G title
Thursday , March 15, 2012 - 2:01 PM
SCHLADMING, Austria -- Lindsey Vonn added to her impressive season Thursday, winning the World Cup super-G title for her 16th career crystal globe and the fourth in super-G by finishing sixth in the final race in the discipline this year.
The overall World Cup champion narrowly avoiding skiing out on a blistering run, taking a 1.22-second advantage over leader Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany into the final intermediate time check, but went off course and just made the next gate shortly before the finish.
"I had a great run, but was much too straight in that banana turn," Vonn said. "Coaches had told me I could approach that turn straight, but at my speed it was just impossible."
Vonn had to slow down to get back on the course and lost almost 2 seconds to trail Rebensburg by 0.57 at the finish.
The American standout had already secured the discipline title before the start of her run. Sole rival Anna Fenninger had to win the race to stand a chance of closing the 94-point gap with Vonn, but the Austrian placed fourth.
Vonn has won four of seven races in the discipline this season.
Vonn has two races left to earn 53 points and overtake Austrian great Hermann Maier's record of 2,000 World Cup points in one single season.
"A shame I didn't manage to get there today," Vonn said. "But I still have two races left and will fully attack in GS and slalom this weekend."
Vonn is also closing in on the women's best mark of 1,980 points held by Janica Kostelic of Croatia.
Rebensburg finished in 1 minute, 24.54 seconds to beat Julia Mancuso of the United States by 0.18 seconds and Marion Rolland of France by 0.21 to win her first career super-G race.
"It's a matter of self-belief," said Rebensburg, who is favored to take the giant slalom title on Sunday. "I knew I could do well in super-G as well. It's all about putting in an error-free run at a race. I am excited it happened today."
Mancuso's second place meant the American overtook Fenninger in the super-G standings to finish second behind Vonn.
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