HAUS IM ENNSTAL, Austria (Reuters) - American Lindsey Vonn blitzed her rivals again to secure a hat-trick of wins this weekend in the Austrian resort of Haus Im Ennstal after taking victory in a World Cup super-G on Sunday.
Winner of both downhills held the two previous days, Vonn’s feat matched that of Germany’s Katja Seizinger in Lake Louise in 1997.
“Another record. I’m pretty proud of it even if there was a hell of a pressure with everybody expecting me to do it. I’m incredibly proud,” Vonn said.
Sunday’s race was all the more important as it was Vonn’s first victory in a super-G this season, her sixth in all this winter.
Vonn last year took the discipline’s world title away from Anja Paerson and the Swede was second in Haus, 0.53 seconds behind.
The last place on the podium was shared by Italy’s Nadia Fanchini and Switzerland’s Martina Schild.
Also second behind Vonn in Friday’s downhill, Paerson made it clear she intended to push the American hard this season.
“Lindsey is up there but it’s important to show her that I’m still around,” the Swede said.
“Having been the best in the world five years ago doesn’t mean a thing. You have to start from scratch with every race but I really want my share of the cake this season, and it means gold in Vancouver,” added Paerson, who won a title and two bronze medals at the last Olympics in Turin.
Vonn’s treble strengthened her lead in the World Cup overall standings. She has 894 points while her closest rival, Maria Riesch, lost precious points and is now a distant second on 702.
The German made a bad mistake near the finish as she had clocked the fastest intermediate times and finished 24th, 2.65 seconds behind her American friend.
The women’s circuit continues on Tuesday evening with a floodlit slalom in Flachau.
editing by Justin Palmer