Friday, March 18, 2011

Lindsey Vonn: Can she four-peat as World Cup champion?

Yes, that's Lindsey Vonn
with a black eye, suffered
while taking on a slalom gate.
Can American sweetheart Lindsey Vonn pull off the four-peat as World Cup champion?

The answer comes Saturday March 19 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, where the final race of the season, the giant slalom, takes place.

Vonn must overcome German rival Maria Riesch, who holds a three-point lead over Vonn. Riesch has finished second behind Vonn the past two seasons, and third three season’s ago.

“I think at the end now no matter what happens I will be happy with the season,” she said, according to AFP. “I’ve worked hard and I’ve done the best I could.”

Yes, but she probably wasn’t happy about the shiner she received last week when she fell in a slalom race and hit the gate face first.

Or as she described it on her Facebook page, “I lost another battle in my war with Slalom ... I’m fine but here is a pic [above] of my new shiner. Slalom 1 - Lindsey 0.” See how it happened here.

Now, if you want to watch Vonn finish 13th in Friday’s slalom at the World Cup finals, check out the video below. Riesch overtook Vonn in the World Cup standings by finishing fourth.

It would be un-American not to wish Lindsey the best of luck. So, good luck Lindsey -- and not only against Riesch but also with all those giant slalom gates.

[UPDATE: Media release -- Lindsey Vonn lost an opportunity to fight for an American record fourth consecutive Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall title when the final race of the 2011 season was canceled due to inconsistent snow. German Maria Riesch was handed the first overall title of her career by three points after regaining the lead Friday to ultimately close one of the most exciting seasons in World Cup history. In just three weeks Vonn was able to climb back into the title hunt from a daunting 216-point deficit. Vonn concludes 2011 as the most decorated ski racer in American history with 12 World Cup titles and 41 victories, including defending her downhill, super G and super combined titles and capturing a World Championship silver medal in downhill.]

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