Lindsey Vonn powers to St Moritz super-G win

American Lindsey Vonn made up for a disappointing downhill performance by powering to a stunning victory in Sunday`s super-G in St Moritz.

AFP| Last Updated: Jan 25, 2015, 18:19 PM IST
Lindsey Vonn powers to St Moritz super-G win

St Moritz: American Lindsey Vonn made up for a disappointing downhill performance by powering to a stunning victory in Sunday`s super-G in St Moritz.

It was Vonn`s 64th World Cup victory, the 30-year-old having drawn level with and then passed the previous all-time record of 62 set by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll last weekend in Cortina d`Ampezzo.

Starting with bib number 17, Vonn laid down a near-perfect descent of the upper and middle sections, with just two minor mistakes on the tricky, tight bottom third.

Tiger Woods` girlfriend touched speeds in excess of 87kph as she timed 1min 23.55sec down the 1.9-kilometre-long Engiadina course, the perfect boost before next month`s World Ski Championships on home snow in Colorado.

Austria`s Olympic champion in the discipline, Anna Fenninger, was the only racer to get within one second of the American, in second at 0.24sec.

A second Austrian, Nicole Hosp, finished third, a whopping 1.10sec adrift. Only six other racers got within two seconds of Vonn in slightly overcast conditions with temperatures hovering around -8 degrees C.

Switzerland`s Lara Gut, victor in Saturday`s downhill, slid out and into the netting, but seemed to suffer no major injury.

Slovenia`s Tina Maze, the overall World Cup leader and reigning world super-G champion, had another disappointing run.

The Slovene, also the joint Olympic downhill champion (with Dominique Gisin, missing through injury) finished 18th in the downhill and on Sunday went wide just two gates from the finish line having built up a healthy lead on the intermediaries.

That gate was also to see off the late-charging challenge of Liechtenstein`s Tina Weirather.