Lindsey Vonn is back on top after losing out on the Overall last year. She blew away the field, by amassing the 1980 points, (the 2nd most all time to hermann maier’s 2000 points) she destroyed 2nd place (Tina Maze) by 578 points! Maria Hoefl-Riesch had a slow start to the season, after her overall winning performance last year, but picked up speed in the middle and continued it till the end of the season to finish 3rd in the overall standings.
DH and SG: Lindsey Vonn. That is all that needs to be said in the speed disciplines. Even tho she did get beat a few times, her performance was unbelievable as usual. A few skiers had great breakout seasons. Tina Weirather and Anna Fenninger were the surprises in DH and SG. They came 2nd and 3rd overall in there respected disciplines.
GS: Viktoria Rebensburg is the outright best women’s GS skier in the world right now.
She has the best initiation of the turn which gives her the ability to gain the most speed down the fall line. Lindsey Vonn surprised everyone by winning the Solden GS opener this year, but she was not fast enough to catch Rebensburg. Worley and Fenninger were on the second level along with Vonn, they all had over 440 points but nothing to compare to Rebensburg’s 650.
Slalom: Marlies Schild. Until the last 3 races in the season, she won every one she finished (6). The next best SL skier this year was Michaela Kischgasser. She had consistent top 10′s and a couple of wins to go with that. There were lots of surprises this year. The emergence of the wonder child Mikaela Shiffin getting a podium at Lienz. But that did not compare to the craziest race of the year. Ofterschwang. With a great Canadian girl Erin Mielzynsky coming out of nowhere from bib 24 to #1!!!!! also Resi Steigler with a great performance going from 35 to #2! It was just unbelievable.
-Dark Horse: Marie Michelle Gagnon. She stepped it up this year with a top 5 and a bunch of top 10′s, not only in SL but in SC and GS to. She finished 10th in the SL standings this year, but watch out next year, I think she will pop up into the top 5.
Still To Come: North American Development, Ski company switches, ski length debate