Vonn Wins DH Again In Canada; Ligety Fourth For Men In Colorado
The ever-amazing Lindsey Vonn did it again Saturday for her second Audi World Cup downhill win in as many days at Lake Louise, Alberta. America’s Stacey Cook, again was second.
The win for Vonn matched retired Swiss great Vreni Schnieder for second place on the all-time wins list. Ann Marie Moser-Proell, also retired, is in top spot at 62 wins. Vonn survived big time trouble when already behind .24, went wide on a sweeping midway turn. Still, she nailed the bottom of the course to take a .52 second win over Cook. It was Vonn’s 13th victory and sixth straight at Lake Louise and Cook’s second podium ever.
The American women, clearly the top speed team in the world, landed six into the top 20 with Julia Mancuso, 9th; Alice McKennis, 11th; Laurenne Ross, 18th; and Leanne Smith, 20th. Vonn and Cook are 1-2 in the overall downhill standings.
“I was going into Fishnet today with a lot more speed than yesterday,” Vonn said. “I felt like I just hit a few bumps and caught my inside ski and al most went into the fence then somehow kept going. It was definitely interesting but I didn’t give up. I haven’t won with that big a mistake before.”
Cook said she hoped “this was the tip of the iceberg” for her. “My coaches have told me I’m like fine wine – that I get better with age (she is 28). This has been a long time coming and I’m just now starting to believe that this is actually happening.”
South to Beaver Creek, Colo. found American Ted Ligety finishing just off the podium in fourth in the Audi Birds of Prey downhill. Italian racer Matteo Marsaglia was the surprise winner with his first podium appearance. Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal was second.
Ligety sits second in the in the overall standings behind Svindal. American Tommy Biesemeyer scored a career-best 18th; Brennan Rubie was 27th in his first World Cup start; Jared Goldberg was 28th.
The North American swing continues with the women’s Super G in Canada and the men’s Giant Slalom in Colorado Sunday.
Photo: Lindsey Vonn at Lake Louise (USSA/Roger Witney)