Vonn adds World Cup Super Combined title to her Downhill season title in odd fashion

Turnabout is fair play, right?

Less than a year after Lindsey Vonn lost a shot at the World Cup overall points championship to Maria Hoefl-Riesch when the season’s final race was canceled owing to bad snow conditions, on Sunday (Feb. 19) Vonn won the season title in Super Combined after the season’s final race was canceled for the same reason.

Because World Cup organizers said there wasn’t time to reschedule the race, Vonn was awarded the season crown after winning one race and placing second in the other. Here’s what Lindsey had to say about the circumstances behind her third consecutive title in super combined.

SATURDAY (Feb. 18): When does third place mean victory? When you’re Lindsey Vonn.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch cruised to a convincing win on Saturday (Feb. 18) in the downhill during what amounted to a preview of  the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. But Vonn’s third-place finish helped her clinch the season title in downhill (her fifth straight) and means she still holds a 448-point lead in the overall standings. It was a great day overall for the Americans, as four of its six starters reached the top 10, including Julia Mancuso (sixth), Stacey Cook (ninth), and Alice McKennis (tenth). Read more.

A super-combined will be held on Sunday (Feb. 19).  Check back for results.

PREVIOUSLY FROM SOCHI: No “ladies first” this time.

Lindsey Vonn eyed the course during training.

The men’s World Cup tour got first crack, last weekend, at the course where the downhill will be held at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. What did they think? Didier Cuche called it “magnificent.” Bode Miller was critical. Find out why they disagreed. Then Beat Feuz just went out and won the race.

The women are getting their chance this weekend. Overall points leader Lindsey Vonn was the leader in Friday’s training run by a wide margin.

Earlier, Vonn and others pronounced the course Olympics-worthy after training on Wednesday, despite windy conditions. On Thursday, a snowstorm canceled the training session, at which some criticism arose about how few people were there to clean snow off the course.

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