March 12, 2009
Lindsey Vonn takes super-G title
U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn Thursday won her fifth consecutive super-G race and secured the World Cup super-G title in Sweden.
Vonn completed the super-G course at Are, Sweden, in 1 minute, 20.63 seconds, edging Italian Nadia Fanchini by 0.08 seconds. German Maria Riesch finished third, about one-quarter second back of Vonn.
It was her 22nd World Cup win overall and ninth of the season, which is a U.S. record.
Vonn turned in the best time at each split Thursday but an error at the bottom of the course cut into her final edge over Fanchini.
I think I skied the top really well. After I went off the first jump I knew I was going pretty fast because I got really good air, Vonn said.
I fought the whole way. I made a big mistake at the bottom and almost crashed but I kept it together and made it to the finish. It was an incredible feeling to come down and know that I had just won the super-G title.