Betting on Vonn

Betting on Vonn

Lindsey's back! Today, Lindsey Vonn cranked out another win – the third World Cup downhill victory of the season for the Colorado native. She took top honors in the downhill event at Haus im Ennstal, Austria. The win today returned her to the  top of the standings in the World Cup Overall Points Race. Vonn now stands 35 points ahead of her nearest competitor, Germany's Maria Riesch. Riesch took third in today's event. With the win today, Vonn shook off the gremlins that have followed her since a nasty tumble last month. That training-run crash resulted in a severely bruised arm (bruised so bad she initially thought it was broken). The arm has been painful, she said, and seemingly slow to heal (though it's only been a couple weeks -- anything but an immediate return to top form is "slow" for this speedster athlete). Vonn has turned in a couple less-than-inspired finishes the last two races since the injury.Today, she said the arm didn't bother her much. She only felt pain for the first few seconds of the race, then her competitive nature took over. Vonn said of today's race, "I really attacked today. It's a great feeling. Everything is so smooth. I can't be more happy with my downhill season so far." There's a lot of skiing to do before the Olympic Games, but seeing Lindsey's return to top form today leads me to believe she'll join Picabo and the Mahre borthers as one of the all-time great American Olympic ski heroes. I'm hoping to catch up with Vonn early in February before the Vancouver Games begin – the current plans call for the US Team to gather at Mission Ridge for some last minute training before heading north of the border. Hopefully, she'll add Olympic Gold to her growing list of titles and victories. Stay tuned.....
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