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Riesch's row with Vonn simmers on

The Local · 5 May 2011, 08:29

Published: 05 May 2011 08:29 GMT+02:00

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Once boasting one of the closest friendships on the circuit - Riesch's family used to host Vonn regularly during the festive season - the pair's relationship has turned sour in the wake of Riesch ending Vonn's stranglehold on the World Cup title.

"I stopped talking to Maria after the first leg of the slalom at Spindleruv (Czech Republic on March 11-12)," Vonn, who had won the title the three previous seasons, wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday.

"She had given a series of negative interviews about me and has since continued to talk in a negative fashion about me. I am very hurt by her actions and I honestly don't know where our friendship stands at this point."

Vonn did not attend Riesch's wedding on April 14, justifying her no-show by claiming both she and her husband Thomas had not been made to feel welcome. After returning from their honeymoon, Riesch's new husband Marcus Höfl hit back at Vonn's allegations.

"We have discussed whether one should react to this at all," Höfl told the Thursday edition of Munich newspaper TZ. "Now, it's just getting ridiculous. But on the other hand, Lindsey is lying again and we can't just leave that unchallenged.

"She is trying to make out the whole thing is a cat-fight and that Maria is a bitch. She is just getting caught up more and more in their lies."

Höfl insists Riesch has never said anything negative about Vonn.

"They should substantiate what they are saying," said the German. "They can't, because it is simply not true. Lindsey says she personally congratulated Maria (after winning her title), which is not true. To date, neither she, nor her representatives, have ever done that."

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Höfl questioned whether the pair, both 26, had even been genuine friends.

"The question is, was this ever a real friendship or was it just Lindsey was okay about things as long as she was ahead of Maria?," he asked. "In any case, what she has done has become ridiculous."


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18:18 May 5, 2011 by vossy
I couldn't care less about a row between these two - both fantastic skiers but search Lindsey Vonn images and see what comes up - WOW!
00:56 May 6, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, as someone who played several sports while growing, I know first hand that losing can be tough. No one wins all of the time. Competition is a positive thing. However, without high self -esteem, and respect for your opponent, , there will be jealously and other problems.

It was really cool to hear about their "Once" close friendship, and to see them so happy together during the Olympics in Vancouver. I hope that they stop throwing mud and act more civilized.
11:30 May 6, 2011 by skibum57
I wonder how the Krystal Kugel goes to someone who didn't win a single discipline. Lindsay won the DH, SG and KB. Maria got more points in GS and SL, but didn't win those disciplines. My favorite woman on the circuit has to be Julia Mancuso. She is so down to earth and not spoiled by all the sponsors. Go Julia!
03:50 May 7, 2011 by Index37
I found them far more intriquing as fierce competitors yet great friends than the miserable stuff now, (which, giv'em some slack, is somewhat natural to happen). I hope they (or others) don't totally nuke the relationship and they are given a chance to grow beyond this. Elite athletes grow up in a weird hybrid lifestyle that can twist them up as they mature, and thought they beat that but guess not. Old friends are the most valuable asset a person can get, and suspect they are tough to come by in their world which makes this all the more tragic. It seemed to me Maria was holding the higher ground though in this mess - until now. I suspect they could get over this and laugh about it in 20 years, if they don't allow themselves to, as skibum said, get spoiled. But not if Maria's husband shoots flamthrowers like "Lindsey is lying again". The dissapointing impression is he's a controling kind of guy who loves the camera. Hopefully for Maria's sake he's not and is as a newlywed, just over zealous, and should consider staying out of it. Part of Maria's appeal is she seems measured and cerebral for a top athlete and hope she did not make a mistake with him. Suspect Lindsey would have grown, and come around at some point if left to their own designs. Be respectful and let the two sort it out. Should be interesting racing next year. (I agree, Mancuso is a cool dynamic in womens WC).
17:34 October 26, 2011 by mrken5454
Both Lindsey and Maria have always been a class acts!Funny how her new husband comes into picture and "problems" appear in Lindsey-Maria relationship............................Hmm.Lets get back to racing stop this BS.
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