Maze Wins St. Moritz, Extends Overall Lead Over Vonn
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. won her second straight Super-G race to move into third place in the World Cup skiing season standings.
Vonn, a four-time overall champion, finished in a time of 1 minute, 2.71 seconds in St. Moritz, Switzerland, to beat Slovenia’s Tina Maze by 0.37 second. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was 1.01 seconds behind in third place.
Maze leads the standings after nine races with 577 points, 163 more than Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch. Vonn, who was hospitalized by a stomach infection last month, won 100 points today to jump over Austria’s Kathrin Zettel into third place with 410.
Vonn won last week’s season-opening Super-G in Canada and now has 20 career titles in the discipline, in which she is the four-time defending champion. The 28-year-old didn’t finish yesterday’s super-combined race after missing a turn.
“I was definitely disappointed after yesterday’s race,” Vonn, who has four race wins this season, said on the U.S. Ski Team’s website. “Today I came out charging. I knew that it was going to be really difficult to win.”
Vonn now has 57 career World Cup victories to move within five of Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell for most all-time by a woman.
France’s Alexis Pinturault won the men’s slalom for his second career World Cup victory.
Pinturault beat Germany’s Felix Neureuther by 0.55 seconds over two runs in Val d’Isere, France. The 21-year-old was sixth after the first pass and had a time of 47.33 seconds in his second run to take the title.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished third to move within 10 points of Sweden’s Andre Myhrer, who was fourth, in the slalom standings. Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal didn’t race today and continues to top the overall standings.
The women will run a giant slalom in St. Moritz tomorrow, with the men’s giant slalom in Val d’Isere.
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