Vonn wins again leading into World Champs
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn will head home to the World Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek fresh off a 64th career victory, as she took a strong win Sunday over Austria’s Anna Fenninger in a World Cup super G in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
U.S. teammates Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley was 16th, Stacey Cook from Truckee was 19th and Alice McKennis was 27th.
Vonn’s win came a day after a big mistake in the downhill dropped her from podium-challenger to 23rd.
“After a bad day comes a good day,” said Vonn. “Yesterday I risked a lot and it didn’t pay off. Today I risked a lot and it did pay off. I always like to ski at the limit — it’s what’s won me a lot of races and what’s made me crash and go into the nets. That’s the way I ski.”
The opening ceremony of the World Championships is set for Monday evening, Feb. 2, with women’s super G the next morning. Vonn and Mancuso are the top two by results this season in super G. NBC and NBCSN will carry all of the action live.
“I’m really close to having a breakthrough,” Mancuso said. “I’m going to work hard and hopefully be fighting for the medals in Beaver Creek. It’s tough — it’s a really hard hill with some really extreme parts. It will take some great skiing. I’m happy to have a few days at home and racing in the United States.”
Tough day for Ganong, Sullivan in Kitzbuehel
KITZBUEHEL, Austria — Squaw Valley racers Marco Sullivan and Travis Ganong finished outside the points in a shortened Kitzbuehel downhill on Saturday.
After two hours of weather delays, the famed Hahnenkamm was shortened, with the fastest times coming in at under a minute. The racers still got up to almost 80 mph, but on such a short track, there was very little room for error. Both Sullivan and Ganong made a couple of small mistakes that placed them 41st and 44th, respectively.
Steven Nyman was the top American, taking fifth place — his career-best result in Kitzbuehel. American Jared Goldberg had a solid run and finished 25th, and Wiley Maple was 31st. Bode Miller did not race.
Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won the race, with Paris Dominik of Italy placing a close second, just .02 seconds behind, and Guillermo Fayed of France taking third.
The racers could hear the 60,000-70,000-person crowd in the start gate and even with massive delays and falling snow, the audience was electric. The spectators lined the finish of ski racing’s Super Bowl.
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