Lindsey Vonn: My Comeback, Part 6Ahead of the World Cup Final in Meribel, France later this week, Vonn reflects on her comeback season and final chance to reclaim her throne.
This season there have been a lot of setbacks: canceled and postponed races, bad weather, snowstorms, heavy wind, and bad conditions. After a somewhat disappointing World Championships, leaving Bansko, Bulgaria with a third place finish and making it through those tough conditions was a needed confidence boost heading into my World Cup races in Garmisch, Germany. Although the first training run on Thursday was canceled because of the snow, the next few days promised perfect weather conditions.
My sister, Laura, arrived Thursday night and we were on the hill at 8:30 the next morning ready for inspection and the training run. The results of the training runs are never implications of how the real races will go, but I guess this one was; I came in 7th place in the downhill. It was definitely disappointing and I haven’t had the time to get the training I needed to ski aggressively on that kind of icy-snow.
Sunday morning I felt ready to win because I knew the titles would be close. I lost points in the downhill standings to Austrian skier Anna Fenninger but still ended up 35 points ahead and I needed to fight to keep the Super-G title in my grasp. Knowing the start-time would be later in the day and that it would be warm, I felt confident the snow would be better for me.
I pushed myself as hard as I could out of the start, stuck to my line, and came into the finish knowing it was going to be a close race. Despite all the challenges, getting back on the podium and reclaiming the red bib made it worth it. It was a beautiful day for a victory! We celebrated after the race sitting outside eating “würstel” and making plans for the World Cup Finals in Meribel, France beginning March 18.
It’s going to take all the strength I have to finish the season strong and to win the Super-G title. It’s been tough competition this year and a struggle to find the time to train on the right snow as my knee gets up to speed. Meribel is what it all comes down to. I look forward to a great week to finish off the season.