Lindsey Vonn ties World Cup downhill record; Truckee’s Cook 8th
ALTENMARKT, Austria — Lindsey Vonn made history again, tying Annemarie Moser-Proell’s World Cup downhill victory record with win number 36 in a two-run Audi FIS World Cup sprint downhill Saturday.
“I’m really happy to tie Annemarie’s record with 36 wins,” Vonn said after the event — the first two-run downhill since 2002 in Åre, Sweden, which Vonn also skied when she was 17 years old.
Canada’s Larisa Yurkiw was second, followed by Austria’s Cornelia Huetter in third.
For the Americans it was a great day as Truckee native Stacey Cook grabbed a top-10 spot, finishing eighth, while Laurenne Ross was 18th and Alice McKennis 26th. Breezy Johnson, Jackie Wiles and Alice Merryweather — skiing her first World Cup — did not qualify for the second run.
The following day, Vonn extended her super G win streak to four while recording her 73rd career World Cup victory.
Switzerland’s Lara Gut, the current overall World Cup leader, was second and Huetter third. With the victory Vonn closed to within 38 points of Gut’s overall World Cup lead.
“I don’t think that was good enough,” Vonn said after coming out of the 16th start position to best then current leader Francesca Marsaglia of Italy by 1.34 seconds. But indeed it was good enough as Gut, wearing bib 17, didn’t carry enough speed into the bottom section of the course and settled into second place, .70 off Vonn’s winning time.
“The bottom part of this course … was the most important part of the course,” Vonn said. “I think I was smart with my tactics and I felt like I was going pretty fast. But, you never know until you get to the finish.”
Vonn led another solid American team effort as Ross finished 12th, Cook 28th, Wiles 30th, Johnson 39th, McKennis 40th and Abby Ghent 41st. Anna Marno DNFed.