Vonn Wins Maribor GS; Bowman, Wise Star At X Games
The Golden Fox Run in Maribor, Slovenia did nothing to stop the USA’s Lindsey Vonn as she won her 59th World Cup in the Giant Slalom. Meanwhile, in Aspen/Buttermilk, Maddie Bowman and David Wise, freeskiers, won ESPN X-Games gold.
Vonn, third after the opening run, accelerated immediately out of the gate, nearly went down to her hip midway, and sped to the finish line for the victory. It was her first World Cup GS win since last March. She beat hometown hero Tina Maze.
“I skied well the first run, but I didn’t ski the bottom very well,” Vonn said. “In the second run, I just said ‘ok, it’s all or nothing, I have to go for it.’”
The timing is perfect for Vonn as she and the rest of the U.S. Ski Team head for Schladming, Austria and the FIS World Skiing Championship, where she will race in all four disciplines.
Halfway around the world in Aspen, Bowman, from So. Lake Tahoe, Calif., put together back-to-back 900s to take her first X Games gold medal in only her second appearance. She racked up a huge 91.33 score in her first run to hold on for nearly a five point win.
“I’m on cloud nine,” Bowman said. “I’m glad I stuck the first run.”
Wise, from Reno, Nev., soared to a repeat X Games gold, leading a USA podium sweep. Torin Yater Wallace, from Aspen, was second, and Simon Dumont, from Bethel, Maine, was third. Wise threw back-to-back double cork 1260s to claim his second title.
“This has been a great night,” Wise said. “I was hoping for this, but I wasn’t expecting it. I’m really excited for the rest of the season.
Photo: Maddie Bowman, X Games (US Freeskiing)