Dick Butler
By Dick Butler
Editor of www.Snowsportsna.com
Credit: US Ski Team for facts and figures,
and You Tube and Universal Sports for the video
Janury 1, 2010

Vonn Named Female Athlete of the Decade /Lienz Austria World Cup Results


NBC's Universal Sports today named famed American ski racer Lindsey Vonn Female Athlete of the Decade. Lindsey, a two time World Champion, was chosen along with Usain Bolt, the male Jamaican sprinter, (the world's fastest man), for the honor.

Lindsey crashed and did not finish this past Tuesday, the 28th of December, in the first leg of the GS race at Lienz Austria. With an injury to her left arm, she managed to ski down on her own as well as ski in the slalom the next day placing 18th. She was fortunate that she did not break her arm.

To see Lindsey's GS run go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzxTjvJJgM8

Lindsey is expected to ski in the World Cup Slalom Race this coming Tuesday in Zagreb Slovenia, probably with an arm brace and duct tape.

Sarah Schleper of Vail Colorado was the highest scoring American ending up 13th. Sarah placed 5th in the slalom the following day at Lienz with her best finish in slalom since 2005.

Current overall status of top American skiers:
American racer Lindsey Vonn ranks first in World Cup points with 594, while Ted Ligety moves drops to 7th with 317 points. Bode Miller is ranked 14th with 200 points.

OFFICIAL RESULTS 2010 AUDI FIS WORLD CUP Lienz, Austria - Dec. 28, 2009 Women's GS

1st Kathrin Hoelzl, Germany, 2:16.61
2nd Manuela Moelgg, Italy, 2:16.66
3rd Taina Barioz, France, 2:16.72
4th Federica Brignone, Italy, 2:16.73
5th Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany, 2:16.80

13th Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 2:17.95
20th Megan McJames, Park City, UT, 2:18.64
40th Jessica Kelley, Starksboro, VT, 1:12.55
51st Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:13.34
DNF: Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO

OFFICIAL RESULTS 2010 AUDI FIS WORLD CUP Lienz, Austria - Dec. 29, 2009 Women's Slalom

1st Marlies Schild, Austria, 1:57.65
2nd Sandrine Aubert, France, 1:59.48
3rd Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 1:59.84
4th Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1:59.99
5th Sarah Schleper, Vail, CO, 2:00.43

18th Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 2:02.07
39th Sterling Grant, Amery, WI
DNF1: Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA; Kaylin Richardson, Edina, MN; Hailey Duke, Boise, ID



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