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After a four-week break from racing, American standout Lindsey Vonn is returning to the Alpine skiing World Cup this weekend. Winning won’t be her main priority as, with only 40 days left until the Olympic downhill, avoiding injuries is all that matters.
There appears little to prevent Mikaela Shiffrin taking over from Lindsey Vonn as the unstoppable force in women’s ski racing.
With her father proudly watching from the bottom of the slope, Lindsey Vonn sped to an emotional win in a World Cup super-G race in Val d’Isere, France, on Saturday. It was her first win of a difficult season so far, one marred by a crash and a recent back injury, and it brought both of them to tears.
Italy’s Sofia Goggia won her first downhill event on Saturday, edging Lindsey Vonn to the title by just 0.07 seconds and depriving the American of her 78th World Cup win.
Lindsey Vonn liked her first look at the 2018 Olympic course, finishing first in a World Cup downhill training run. Vonn was 0.17 seconds ahead of Ilka Stuhec, the world downhill champion from Slovenia.
Half of the U.S. ski team, including overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, pulled out of the Alpine combined race on Friday because of dangerous conditions on the course. After a postponement and a restart, Federica Brignone won the race with Ilka Stuhec second.
Dressed as comic book superheroes, American skiers were often merely mortal at the last world championships before the 2018 Olympics. A tally of three medals – one of each color, all won by female superstars – surely did not rise above expectations from an 11-event program that ended Sunday in the sun-soaked Swiss Alps.
Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia is the new world champion in downhill while Lindsey Vonn took bronze trying to regain a title she last won in 2009.
A downhill double-header is now lined up Sunday at the ski world championships.
Lindsey Vonn took a faster line in downhill training on Thursday, and that bodes well as she tries to fill one of the few gaps in her medal collection. The American has never finished on the podium in five combined races at worlds and three Olympics since 2002, though she does have two season-long World Cup titles from the event that includes a downhill run and a slalom run.
Lindsey Vonn took a cautious look at the downhill course Wednesday in the first practice run at world championships and finished more than two seconds behind leader Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia. On an overcast morning that made visibility tricky, Vonn says “I just wanted to get a feeling for the course.
In a surprising start to the world ski championships, Lindsey Vonn failed to finish the super-G on Tuesday and Nicole Schmidhofer won a race for the first time in her career. Vonn arrived in St. Moritz with a women’s record 77 career wins in World Cup races.
Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia took advantage of bib No. 1 to win the first super-G of her career Sunday while defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut crashed.
Lindsey Vonn has avoided more serious injury after falling during World Cup downhill training. The American, who returned this month from nearly a year out with knee and arm injuries, lost control on a tricky left turn on the upper portion of the Olympia delle Tofane course Friday and hit the safety netting.
Defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut extended her perfect run in super-G this season with a comfortable win Sunday while Lindsey Vonn struggled to a ninth-place finish.
Lindsey Vonn is back on top in just the second race of her comeback from a knee injury and a broken arm. The American edged defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut to win a downhill event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday and claim career victory No. 77, moving her within nine wins of the record held by Ingemar Stenmark.
Christine Scheyer of Austria upset the pre-race favorites to win a women’s World Cup downhill Sunday, while Lindsey Vonn placed 13th in her first race in nearly 11 months.
Lindsey Vonn’s main rival for the World Cup downhill title is happy to see the American standout finally returning to the start gates.
With Lindsey Vonn’s return to the World Cup looming, Mikaela Shiffrin is looking forward to leaving the limelight to her American teammate.
Lindsey Vonn struggled with nerve damage so severe she couldn’t move her fingers soon after surgery to fix her broken right arm. On her Facebook page, the four-time overall World Cup champion revealed in a more than 5-minute video her journey back to the slopes after breaking her right arm during a fall while training in Colorado two months ago.