Vonn Wins Downhill Globe, Regains Overall Lead; Nyman Second In Chamonix
Lindsey Vonn wrapped up her eighth overall World Cup downhill title, and moved back into the overall World Cup lead following her second place downhill finish at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Saturday at La Thuile, Italy. American Steven Nyman finished second in the men’s downhill at Chamonix, France.
“I still have to stay focused on the race everyday and I can’t think about the records, or the future, or the points,” said Vonn after wrapping up a record 20th crystal globe, breaking Swede Ingemar Stenmark record of 19.
Italy’s Nadia Fanchini won her first career World Cup downhill as her teammate Daniela Merighetti finished third. USA’s Laurenne Ross posted her third-straight fifth place finish on the new Italian track.
Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who led the overall World Cup standings heading into Saturday’s race following her victory on Friday, finished tied for 11th with Alice McKennis. Stacey Cook was 24th and Jackie Wiles finished 33rd.
Up next, the ladies race super G Sunday.
Nyman Second In Men’s Downhill
Steven Nyman, from Sundance, Utah, nailed his second downhill podium in a row, snagging second place in Chamonix, France Saturday.
The light was flat on the hill, but Friday’s heavy snow let up and left the track in clean condition. Only Dominik Paris was able to sneak past him to take the win, while Beat Feuz of Switzerland was third.
“I skied well for the most part. I had a mistake on the first split and was a little wild through a couple splits,” said Nyman. “I let the skis keep going - hats off to my technician. He prepared some rocket ships. I’m good at tucking, so I had a great bottom.”
It was Nyman’s second podium in two weeks, having taken third in the Jeongseon World Cup, a 2018 PyeongChang Olympic test event.
Andrew Weibrecht was the only other American to finish in the points, taking 18th.
The men and women next head to Stockholm for a city technical event Tuesday. The speed team has several weeks off before traveling to Kvetfjell, Norway for downhill and super G in March.
Photo: Lindsey Vonn pictured after winning an earlier downhill globe in 2010 in Germany (Doug Haney/USST)