Vonn pulls past Rahlves, Street in DH victories
In a big day for American skiing, Lindsey Vonn earned the title of best U.S. downhiller Saturday with her 10th win in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, breaking the U.S. record set by Truckee’s Daron Rahlves (2006) and Picabo Street (1996). Ted Ligety also won a World Cup giant slalom.
“I’m really honored,” said Vonn, who already clinched the World Cup downhill title and is seeking her first overall crown. “Picabo has been really behind me my whole career. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to talk to her.”
Vonn won in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, in 1 minute, 23.57 seconds for her fifth downhill victory of the season.
Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley finished fourth (1:24.24), missing the podium by 0.03 seconds, and Stacey Cook of Truckee was 32nd (1:25.75).
Renate Goetschl of Austria was second in 1:24.18 and Nadia Fanchini of Italy was third. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was fourth, missing a top-three finish by 0.03 seconds.
With Bode Miller leading the men’s overall World Cup standings, this could mark the first time Americans capture the men’s and women’s overall titles in the same year since Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney in 1983.
Mancuso set aside her troubles in training and almost made it an American 1-2 finish.
“I was a little nervous after yesterday,” Mancuso said. “I did make a mistake and that cost me second place.”
Maria Riesch of Germany won the World Cup super-combi title Sunday with a second-place finish behind Sweden’s Anja Paerson. Vonn was third, Cook 23rd and Mancuso, on her 24th birthday, was 25th.
Vonn maintained her lead for the overall title with 1,263 points, leading Riesch by 157 points.