Vonn Keeps Rolling In Germany; Nyman Podiums In Korea
New day, same result. Lindsey Vonn crushed the Kandahar downhill course in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany to take her record 76th World Cup victory.
Vonn’s winning time of 1:40.80 was 1.51 seconds faster than Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter in second. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg was third.
“It was a great day!” Vonn said. “Every day is a new chance to break my own record, which is kind of weird to say, but it still makes it exciting. Every win for me is more special than the last. And my dad is here, so it’s really special.”
Lauren Ross (Bend, OR) posted her fifth-career top five downhill result - finishing fifth on the fast and bumpy classic Kandahar track for her best result of the season. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) was 17th, Jacky Wiles (Aurora, OR) 21st and Breezy Johnson (Salt Lake City, UT) posted a career best World Cup finish in 28th. Alice Merryweather (Hingham, MA), making her third career World Cup start, finished 37th.
Vonn extended her overall World Cup lead over Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who finished a disappointing 14th, to 127 points. Vonn also leads the World Cup downhill standings by 162 points over Canada’s Larisa Yurkiw, who was fourth Saturday.
“I could see that there where some problems,” Vonn said watching from the top. “There were some bumps, and the problem is that the bumps were right in the compressions, and also where there were shadows, so you couldn’t really see anything.
Vonn goes for World Cup victory No. 77 in Sunday’s super G.
Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) nailed the podium in the first test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, taking third at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in Jeongseon.
On a beautiful sunny day in South Korea, the men got a chance to race the manicured PyeongChang downhill course. While there wasn’t much natural snow, the manmade surface held up for the 54 racers.
Nyman stomped a fast run on the short track that heralded his gliding specialty, but Attacking Viking Kjetil Jansrud of Norway snuck ahead of him to take first with Dominik Paris of Italy on Jansrud’s heels in second.
Rounding out the Americans in the points, new father Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) finished 16th, with Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) 18th and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) 22nd.
Next up, the men race super G down the Jeongseon track.
Photo: Lindsey Vonn wins 76th World Cup (USST)