Stacey Cook 16th in Val d’Isere downhill
VAL D’ISERE, France — Laurenne Ross cracked the top 10 as Lindsey Vonn’s bid for a record-tying downhill victory hit a bump in the road Saturday in Val d’Isere, France.
Vonn was .13 faster than Switzerland’s Lara Gut at the first split time when she hit a bump midway down the course and briefly became airborne. She eventually landed and skied safely off the course for a DNF. That ended her bid for a record-extending 72nd World Cup win and record-tying 36th downhill victory.
“I came over a roll and caught my inside ski and it launched me,” Vonn said the following day, after recording a 13th-place finish in the giant slalom. “I’m lucky I didn’t crash; it definitely did not feel good.”
Ross led a solid showing by the U.S. women in 10th and was followed by Alice McKennis in 12th, Truckee native Stacey Cook in 16th and Jackie Wiles in 17th.
Gut won for the second-straight day (she also won Friday’s combined). Her countrywomen Fabienne Suter finished second and was followed by Canadian Larisa Yurkiw in third.
A number of U.S. athletes are now heading home for the holidays.