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Kennelbach, January 8th 2010: The New Year started well for Lindsey Vonn. The American
enjoyed her 3rd victory in a row in downhill as she captured the first of two downhill races
at Haus im Ennstal, Austria, where she beat Sweden’s Anja Paerson and Germany’s Maria Riesch,
 two other HEAD stars. Vonn won her 15th downhill race since 2004 and her 26th in total. Interestingly
enough, Lindsey was racing on a pair of skis used in the past by former two-time World Champion Bode Miller.

Lindsey Vonn from Vail, Colorado, a double winner at Lake Louise last month, achieved her very
 first hat-trick in downhill in the Austrian resort where the competition cancelled three weeks ago at
 Val d’Isère took place under a cloudy sky.

Last season Vonn remained out of reach in five consecutive Super-G races including at the Val
d’Isère world championships, but has not shown the same dominance in her preferred specialty so far.
 The defending Overall World Cup champion who skied with a cast at her left hand that she injured in
a crash at Lienz a few days prior to new year’s eve, was as happy as relieved after the race.

“I needed such a strong result. I suffered a lot last Sunday at Zagreb during the slalom race and I was
not sure that I would be able to ski at my best level in this downhill, yet at the end of the day things went
very well for me,” said a beaming Vonn after the race. “I pushed as hard as I could at the start and I attacked
a lot afterwards to be as compact as possible. The course was not too difficult yet you needed to be very
 precise in those high speed turns and in the long jumps,” she added.

“I was impatient skiing again in downhill after this series of technical events in recent weeks and I had a lot
of fun today. It’s a good feeling to be back at the top despite this injury. I feel really comfortable and solid in
 downhill this season,” also said the American who regained the lead in the Overall World Cup standings.


First season podium for Anja Paerson

Anja Paerson was also delighted by her first podium finish this season after struggling in previous events so far.
The former two-time Overall World Cup champion was very fast in Super-G at Lake Louise prior skiing out at
the middle of her run with the best intermediate time. “I’m extremely happy with this result, I was very nervous at
the start as the conditions were quite different today than in training,” she explained. “I fought hard and it’s great
to be back at the top and to finish so close to Lindsey. This performance will strongly reinforce my confidence
and I hope to continue skiing so fast in the coming days,” added the Swede who may retire at the end of the season.

Maria Riesch aiming for more

Maria Riesch was satisfied to reach another podium in downhill on the slope where she celebrated her very
first win six years ago even though thinking she could have been faster today. “I made a few errors here and
 there so I’m a little disappointed to have missed the 2nd place by only a few hundredths of a second,” she told
 the press. “But a podium finish is always nice and I aim to improve my position in the coming days,” said the
 reigning slalom World Champion who has already reached eight podiums in downhill in her career including two wins.



Kennelbach, January 9th 2010: USA’s Lindsey Vonn celebrated her fifth season win today at
 Haus im Ennstal where she captured her fourth consecutive downhill race within six weeks,
 a performance which has not been achieved in the specialty for a long time. Switzerland’s 1972
Olympic Champion Marie Therese Nadig was the last athlete to achieve such an impressive winning
streak in downhill during in 1980 when she won five downhills over two seasons.

Vonn has now dominated both double-downhill events hold in Lake Louise in December and this
week at Haus im Ennstal. On Saturday, she fought with her usual strong willpower on the shorten
track fighting her way through light snowfall and reduced visibility after losing some time at the top
 because of a bad start after one of her poles got through her legs.

“I’m just really happy that I made it trough, it was a tough race today and I knew that it was getting
 slower after some numbers for some girls,” said the 25-year-old champion after the race. “I’m building
 a lot of confidence with such a win. That’s what I need right now. I’m the kind of girl that if I don’t ski
 my best, my confidence goes away pretty fast.”

“Now it’s getting bigger and bigger. It was a difficult race to win, because you needed to ski really well
 to get it. It was really tough because it was so short. I knew that I had to be nearly perfect to be able to
 stay ahead. Yet I got some problems at the start with one of my poles which got in between my legs. This cost me some time.”

“I skied better in the sections where I made some mistakes yesterday. I gave all I had and I fought a lot
. But on this kind of snow, it wasn’t such an easy downhill. I needed to stay cool before the start. I start
to concentrate myself when they were positive about the race.”

“For sure to win tomorrow looks like an exciting program but we will see what I can do. I’ll give all I have
 inside. I know that I was pretty close to win the first Super-G race in Canada. I just need to believe in it.”

It was victory number 27 for the skier from Vail, Colorado, who is now aiming for another hat-trick in Sunday’
s Super-G. She still feels some pain at her right hand injured last month at Lienz, in Austria, when she crashed during her first giant slalom run.

The race was delayed for two hours while athletes and spectators waited for fog to lift, and the start
was moved to the reserve super G start – the lowest possible alternate. Yet the endless waiting didn’t
faze the two-time defending crystal globe owner, who was the last to leave the finish area after signing autographs for every fan.

The HEAD champion is not only leading the World Cup standings in Overall and downhill, but also in
Super-G, and will try to complete her speed event trilogy in Sunday’s Super G.

“I just hope it doesn’t snow too much tonight, and I hope the track stays good,” the American also said
. “Tomorrow, I’m really going to try to attack. I’ve been really close to a win in Super G this year, but I haven’t quite done it.”

Only three women did better in the past in downhill on the women’s World Cup tour than Lindsey Vonn.
 Austria’s skiing legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll leads the standings with a total of 36 victories – including
eleven in a row over two seasons from 1972 to 1974 – ahead of newly retired Renate
Götschl (24 wins) and Switzerland’s Michaela Figini (17).

At that pace, Vonn can also aims to improve her own record of nine wins in a single season.
The overall record belongs to Switzerland’s former slalom star Vroni Schneider with 14 wins during the 1988/89 winter.

Two other HEAD athletes came among the top-10 in that race - Sweden's Anja Paerson was 5th and Maria Riesch 7th.

First hat-trick for Lindsey Vonn



Kennelbach, January 10th 2010: More than ten years after Germany’s Katja Seizinger,
 Lindsey Vonn became one of the few champions able to win a third race in three days
as she captured the Super-G competition at Haus im Ennstal following her two triumphs in downhill on Friday and Saturday.

After finishing twice on the podium at Lake Louise and Val d’Isère earlier this season in
that event, the 25-year-old HEAD champion beat all the favorites again at Haus im Ennstal,
 to win her first Super-G race since the 2009 World Cup Finals at Åre, Sweden. Last season,
 the double World Champion managed to capture five consecutive Super-G races including
 at the Val d’Isère FIS World Championships. This year she came close to that hat-trick at Lake
Louise where she was 2nd in the Super-G after winning the first two downhills.

With this 28th career win, Lindsey is also increasing her lead in the Overall standings on her
 closest rivals, Maria Riesch and Anja Paerson, 2nd today. So the skier from Vail had many
 reasons to be happy with her weekend and her form.


"It’s good to know that I can do it," the American said with a great smile after the race. "There was
definitely a little bit more pressure today because everybody was wanting me to do the three in a row,
and I wanted to do it myself, so it’s just good to know that I can ski well under pressure, and it just gives
 me more and more confidence going into Vancouver,” she added.


An awesome course for Lindsey


"The course was awesome, I had so much fun," Lindey also said. "The snow was in perfect
condition and I just let it go. I didn’t concentrate too much on all the tactics, I just tried to really
 charge as much as I could. I watched the race on TV at the start and I exactly knew how to charge the course. "

"Everything’s fitting really well together – my serviceman, my skis, my tactics, my coaches, everything’s
 going so well, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Sometimes you have this perfect day were everything is
coming along together. It was a fine limit to find between being smart and aggressive. I carried some
speed until the very end, especially in the bottom part. The whole weekend was such an experience. This moment is crazy."

Vonn, who trailed Sweden’s Anja Paerson at the first interval but picked up steam through the middle
 section of the course to cross the line over half a second ahead, said she just tried to keep it simple and ski a clean run.

"I’m proud of myself," Vonn commented about her hat-trick. "It’s not easy to do. I was tired today, and
 it’s hard to stay focused, but I did it, now I’m done - now I’m just going to try to recover for the next slalom at Flachau in two days."

Lindsey now leads the Overall World Cup standings by 192 points over Maria Riesch of Germany, the
 downhill by 164 over Riesch, the Super G by 95 over Swiss Nadia Styger, and the Super combined by 20 points – also over Riesch.



Kennelbach, January 10th 2010: Two days after her great result in the first downhill in
Haus im Ennstal, Sweden’s double World Cup champion confirmed her improving form in
reaching another podium in the Austrian resort, this time in Super G. The HEAD skier from
 Taernaby, one of the few racers having excelled in all alpine specialties, came in 2nd in that
competition won by USA’s Lindsey Vonn. She was very glad to have achieved another strong performance this weekend.

“It wasn’t so easy to concentrate myself on the race after my bad result in Lake Louise
 and Val d’Isère,” she said. “There I wanted to come back in a very aggressive way. Maybe
sometimes, I’m too aggressive. I had a lot of things in my head before the start.”

“There are so many small factors that you need to get together to feel totally comfortable.
It’s always a big battle. When I crashed in Val d’Isère, I destroyed my best pair of racing
skis, and I needed to get a new one for the speed disciplines. It made me so nervous.
Fortunately I was provided with another good pair here.”

“I’m so proud of my results here. It shows that if you continue to fight it gives you something back.
People are always wondering why someone like me is still having self confidence problems. But it’s not
because I had many medals and big success a few years ago, that I’m skiing well right now. Every season,
each race is a new start, and you have to start all around again.”

„Lindsey is unbeatable for the moment, but she knows that we are all behind her, hunting her, trying to
 get the smallest advantage on her. You can’t stop trying. Hopefully I may keep on skiing this way until t
he eventual next gold medal in Vancouver! Who knows?”

The next women’s race is scheduled on Tuesday night near Flachau (AUT).

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