Vonn dominates Maze to take downhill



AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Published — Sunday 20 January 2013

Last update 19 January 2013 11:38 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy: American downhill queen Lindsey Vonn dominated overall World Cup leader Tina Maze to claim her 58th win in the series and first win of 2013 here yesterday.
Vonn, celebrating the 29th downhill win of her stunning World Cup career, clocked 1min 38.25sec with Slovenian Maze in second at 0.43sec.
American Leanne Smith finished third at 0.89sec to complete the podium, pushing France’s Marion Rolland down to fourth.
While Vonn, 28, boosts her lead in the downhill standings, Maze took another step toward her maiden overall title after main rival, German Maria Hoefl-Riesch, did not finish.
“I’m not happy when other athletes are having troubles,” said Maze, who won her first ever World Cup super-G last week at Sankt Anton in Austria to become only the sixth woman to win races in all five alpine disciplines.
“It’s part of the sport, you want to compete against the best and I’m not happy if someone is not doing good.” After a first downhill podium at Cortina, Maze now has 1414 points and leads Hoefl-Riesch (744) by a massive 670 points.
The day, however, belonged to Vonn, the four-time World Cup champion who was only too glad to get back to winning ways.
She was hospitalized with an intestinal ailment early in the season before bouncing back to win all three races at Lake Louise in December, after which she took a month’s break after a fall at Val d’Isere.
Vonn recently admitted to suffering from depression for a number of years and her divorce was only recently finalized.
Doubts were raised when she could only finish sixth, behind compatriot Alice McKennis, at Sankt Anton last week.
But although virtually out of the running for a fifth overall title, she was visibly delighted at the finish.
“The last couple of races I’ve been seeing different numbers other than one next to my name,” she said.
“So I was kind of half-surprised to come down in the lead. It just feels good to be back on the podium, especially with my teammate Leanne, it’s a great day for the team.” Smith, one of several American alpine racers who have shown promise of late, set the early pace when she blitzed the 2.61 km long Olimpia delle Tofane course to finish over a second ahead of Swiss starter Fraenzi Aufdenblatten.
Having finished runner-up to Swiss Lara Gut at the Val d’Isere in mid-December, the 25-year-old was determined to reach the podium again.
“I was feeling confident after yesterday’s training run and also after my result in Val d’Isere,” said Smith.
“Every day you have to come out and give it your all. I was extremely nervous today, but I was the same in Val d’Isere, so that seems to be working.” Maze, starting with bib number 12, completed her run four tenths of a second faster and she looked assured of a podium when Hoefl-Riesch skied out after a bad landing and Cortina champion Daniel Merighetti finished way off the pace.

Vonn, however, then turned a risky run — that saw her come close to crashing out in mid-race before the corrected herself masterfully — into a winning performance at the finish.
“It’s been a slow process building my confidence, building my strength back up,” added the American, who now has 340 points in the downhill race with compatriot Stacey Cook second on 211.
“Sankt Anton was a good start, sixth place, and then today I said I wanted to be on the podium.
“Now I’m in great shape going into the rest of the season. There’s a lot of speed events left and the world championships (in March), so I’m in great shape now.”

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: A small fire broke out on the roof of the Grand Mosque on Monday morning, causing minor injuries to five people, including members of the Civil Defense, one security officer and three workers. The fire broke out at about 2 a.m. and covered an...
JEDDAH: The director general of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority, Saleh Rasheed, has said that Sadeer Industrial City, which is regarded as one of the largest industrial cities in the Kingdom, possesses great capabilities that sets it apart as...
DAMMAM: Cheap and out of date cosmetics are causing serious health problems in the Kingdom, including skin diseases, hair loss and cancer, local doctors say.These products are often manufactured incorrectly or contain harmful fats, the doctors were q...
JEDDAH: Several young Saudis have started filming Jeddah’s historic district using cameras mounted on drones to gather professional 3D footage that can be used to build models and create virtual tours.Bandar Al-Mutlaq, owner of the Arab Foundation, w...
RIYADH: The Saudi capital is fully geared for this year’s Eid Al-Fitr celebrations that include an exciting bouquet of entertainment, heritage, sports, artistic and theatrical events.The annual Muslim festivities being organized here by the Riyadh mu...
JEDDAH: As part of its growing supervisory and investigative status, Riyadh Health Department’s forensics center examined 632 cases over the past eight months involving suspected murder, rape and abuse of women and children.Khaled bin Muhammad Hassan...
RIYADH: The Syrian Expatriates Medical Association (SEMA) expressed its thanks on Monday to Saudi organizations and individuals for donating to the campaign to help Syrians affected by the ongoing conflict.SEMA has 1,300 members in Syria and other co...
RIYADH: Inclusion of the Hail rock art in the UNESCO World Heritage List is proof of the Kingdom’s status and cultural profoundness, said the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) on Monday.Reacting to the announcement of the fou...
JEDDAH: The Yemeni community has asked the Saudi government to extend the rectification process, which ends Tuesday, claiming that there are many thousands still seeking to get proper identification documents to qualify for work visas in the Kingdom....
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has set up 343 electoral constituencies for the Dec. 12 municipal council elections.This was done on the orders of Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, the minister and head of the General Committee for the Munici...
JEDDAH: Efforts are under way to electronically handle all Haj-related works to achieve speed and accuracy, as well as reduce costs an bring in transparency, Haj Minister Bandar Al-Hajjar has said.Speaking at a workshop in Jeddah on Sunday, Hajjar sa...
JEDDAH: The Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah International Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works on Sunday held its third meeting in Jeddah in the presence of Prince Khaled bin Abdullah, the board chairman, and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has announced that six people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the period from June 28 to July 6.The ministry has now recorded 1,045 cases of MERS since June 2012, with 5...
ALKHOBAR: Patient visitations play an important role in the healing process, provided the well-wishers adopt the right approach by speaking and acting in a manner that the sick person’s morale is lifted. However, any wrong move by the visitor may aff...
MAKKAH: The price of residential land has registered a drastic 30 percent drop due to the slump in the market over the past six months, said an online newspaper.According to real estate dealers, the reason behind the decision was the imposition of 30...

Stay Connected

Facebook