Vonn wins World Cup super-G in Bulgaria
Ryan Summerlin February 26, 2012
BANSKO, Bulgaria – Lindsey Vonn won a super-G on a demanding course Sunday to become the World Cup career leader in the discipline.
This was the American’s 10th World Cup victory this season and the 51st of her career. By winning her 18th super G she overtook Austria’s Renate Goetschl for the record.
“The course was difficult, pretty bumpy at some points, and very challenging,” said Vonn, who also won the super-G race in Bansko three years ago.
She won in 1 minute, 15.66 seconds on the Marc Girardelli course. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was 0.05 seconds behind and Daniela Merighetti of Italy was third, 0.07 seconds back. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was eighth.
Vonn was down 0.6 seconds at the first split and struggled for control in the middle section. She made up the deficit, however, on the final section to clinch the win.
“I made a mistake in the middle of the course, but in the final part I raised the speed and managed to catch up,” she said.
Vonn held a 20-point lead over Anna Fenninger going into this final super-G of the regular season. After the Austrian finished 10th, Vonn stretched her advantage to 94 points ahead of the World Cup finals. Vonn’s overall lead is a massive 528-point margin with nine races left.
Mancuso was 0.65 seconds behind, jumping into third place in the super-G standings.
Vonn, Mancuso and teammate Leanne Smith will compete in the super-G at the World Cup finals in Schladming, Austria, in March.
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