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2010 Winter Olympics Alpine Ski Racing Preview - Women's Super G
A look Back at 2009 World Cup and World Championship Super G races
In any premier head-to-head sports competitions where the best of the best compete, there are favorites and "Also Competing." Examining past performances can provide a lot of insight into future competition results. However, on any given day a "dark horse," pumped up and coming out of the blue - can win.
In the 2010 Olympic Women's Super G race the favorites will be doing their absolute best. However, when the best make the smallest mistake, or let up just a little, there are a lot of racers striving for that fastest time measured in hundredths of a second.
Taking a look at who came out on top and who almost won in recent competitions is a good place to start to get a feel how the probable 2010 Olympic racers may stack up.
Not only was last season a tune-up for the 2010 Winter Olympic games in Vancouver, BC, but it was also a World Championship race year in Val d'Isere, France. The bi-annual 'Worlds' puts the racers on a more high profile stage and really ups the ante.
All the following statistics are culled from the International Ski Federation (FIS) data base and generated by me.
Here's the 2009 season Women's Super G medal and top ten finishes:
Nation - Gold, Silver, Bronze - 4-10 Finishes - Total Top Ten
USA - 4, 0, 0 - 2 - 6
Switzerland - 1, 4, 1 - 15 - 21
Sweden - 1, 1, 1 - 5 - 8
Italy - 1, 1, 1 - 4 - 7
Austria - 0, 2, 0 - 11 - 13
Slovenia - 0, 0, 2 - 2 -4
Germany - 0, 0, 1 - 3 - 4
Canada - 0, 0, 0 - 4 - 4
France - 0, 0, 0 - 4 - 4
What Do We see Here
Lindsey Vonn did it all for the U.S. and was obviously most dominant. After Lindsey look at Switzerland with 21 total top tens by 8 different ladies and with another 5 Italien women scoring top tens, Vonn has a lot on her tails.
The 2009 World Championship Ladies Super G event
It's better to look at the World Championship races separate from the overall 2009 history. To the racers the 'Worlds' are a supercharged adrenalin producing showdown that very often brings out super results from lesser known athletes. It can also cause the best to over achieve and have disastrous results.
2009 World Championship Ladies Super G Top Ten:
1 VONN Lindsey USA 1:20.73
2 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie FRA 1:21.07
3 FISCHBACHER Andrea AUT 1:21.13
4 FENNINGER Anna AUT 1:22.01
5 MAZE Tina SLO 1:22.06
6 GOERGL Elisabeth AUT 1:22.27
7 GUT Lara SUI 1:22.34
8 RIESCH Maria GER 1:22.44
9 FANCHINI Nadia ITA 1:22.75
10 REBENSBURG Viktoria GER 1:22.80
What Do We See
Lindsey Vonn finished a comfortable time in front of Marie Marchand-Arvier but look at Marchand-Arvier and Fishbacher only 6 hundredths apart.
Now look at the 4-10 finishers - all in the same second that actually went down 3 more slots to the 13th slot! Now do you see the adrenalin popping?
This was Lindsey's second Super G gold in a row and she went to win the next 3. Awesome.