Lindsey Vonn's Comeback In High Gear In France; One Win From Tying All-Time Record
The stunningly successful comeback of American superstar ski racer Lindsey Vonn kept rolling as she won the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill at Val d'Isere, France Saturday. The win put her just one victory away from matching Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell for the all-time World Cup win record of 62. This was Vonn's 61st World Cup win and her fifth at the famed French resort.
Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg and Austria's Elisabeth Goergl tied for second, .19 of a second behind. American Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, Calif.) was 15th, while Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) was 18th.
"I'm so happy," Vonn said. "It's been such a nice progression back into the World Cup (after her injuries). It was a wild ride today. I made some mistakes but I was skiing aggressively."
Vonn was happy to snap selfies with Winnie, a baby Torine cow, one of several she has won at Val d'Isere. There has been no word yet if Winnie will join Olympe as part of Vonn's Austrian herd.
The two wins for Vonn in downhill races so far this season vaulted her into the lead for the downhill standings and pushed her to third in the overall chase, though Solvenian Tina Maze has a hefty lead.
The women speed races take a breather until Jan. 10-11 in Bad Kleinkirchem.
World Cup Men:
Meanwhile, on what was described as a snow-starved super G course in Val Gardena, Italy "resembling a luge track," the World Cup men racing.
Kjetil Jansrud of Norway took his third win of the season, nailing the line so many men missed, and beating the field by almost half a second. He earned another 100 World Cup points to grab the overall lead. Dominik Paris of Italy took second and Beaver Creek Birds of Prey super G winner, Hannes Reichelt of Austria, was third.
The top U.S. racer was Andrew Weinbrecht in 19th spot. Next up for the men, Ted Ligety and Marcel Hirscher will rematch in Alta Badia, Italy for a giant slalom. The men's speed team heads to Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy right after the holiday.
Women at Val d’sere, France: Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, Calif.), finished sixth in super G leading four Americans into the points. Laurenne Ross was 13th, Stacey Cook 22nd and Jackie Wiles 30th.
Lindsey Vonn's hopes of matching Annemarie Moser-Proell's mark of 62 World Cups was dashed when she fell early in the race. She walked away uninjured. The women's tour now heads to Innsbruck Dec. 28-29 for GS and slalom.
Men at Alta Badia, Italy:
American Ted Ligety shook off a disappointing first run to power back, finishing second. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won. USA’s Tim Jitloff was 12th. The men race a night slalom in Madonna di Campiglio Monday, then downhill Dec. 28 in Santa Caterina.
Photo: Lindsey and Winnie at Val d'sere, France (Lindsey Vonn/Facebook)