Riesch crash in slalom means Vonn now just 23 point back for overall title with four races to go

Lindsey Vonn is all smiles after her first World Cup Podium in slalom.

UPDATE: Lindsey Vonn talks in her weekly Denver Post diary about how she’s pulled off her remarkable comeback in the overall points race so far and how she’ll attack in the season-ending races starting March 16. Read the diary.

Maria Riesch crashed again, this time in a slalom on Saturday, allowing Lindsey Vonn to gain on her with a 16th place finish, tightening the difference to just 23 points in the  race for the overall World Cup season crown. Read more. The final four races of the season will be held at the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland: Downhill (March 16), Super G (March 17), Slalom (March 18) and Giant Slalom (March 19).

FRIDAY

Don’t look back, Maria Riesch, because you might see something frightening looming in your rear-view mirror. The Lindsey Vonn Express rolled on Friday in the Czech Republic. The American superstar gained her first podium ever in giant slalom, finishing third, while her (friendly) German rival skied off the course. That means what was once a 200-point lead in the overall standings now stands at a slim 38 with five races remaining in the season. Read more.

To understand Vonn’s mindset during this epic comeback, read her diary in the Denver Post. And look back at last weekend and her triple-header of season victories.

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