Known as the most successful female ski racer in American history, it's only a matter of time before she's the best female ski racer of all time…after that, it's onto shattering men's records. (Roger Witney/Alpine Canada)
Four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn skied confidently into the top five in the Lake Louise super G Sunday, showing her strength and ability to mount a podium challenge for the first time since her return to the World Cup circuit Friday.
The U.S. Ski Team women showed a bit of improvement Saturday with Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn finishing 11th in her second downhill race since her season-ending injury this past February at World Championships.
Friday marked the return of Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, who finished a conservative 40th in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhills in Lake Louise. It was Vonn’s first World Cup start since a season-ending injury last February.
U.S. Ski Team rookie Jackie Wiles (pictured) and Julia Ford charged from the back of the pack to lead for the USA, tying in ninth place during Thursday’s downhill training for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill double-header this weekend.
Lindsey Vonn skied solidly in her first downhill training run since being injured last February. Stacey Cook led the USA in sixth in the first training run at Lake Louise.
Lindsey Vonn is expected to begin official downhill training Wednesday in Lake Louise in anticipation of this weekend's downhill.
Lindsey Vonn was back on snow, freeskiing Thanksgiving morning at Vail
Olympic gold medalist and 16-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup title winner Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will not compete during the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Nature Valley Wormen's World Cup week in Beaver Creek, CO.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) sustained a mild strain to her right knee, a partial tear to her right ACL, minor facial abrasions and scapular contusions as a result of a downhill training crash on Dec. 19.
Lindsey Vonn crashed Tuesday morning while downhill training on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain. (Photo by Francis Bompard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), a two-time winner of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening race, highlights a group of nine U.S. athletes expected to start the 20th running of the Soelden giant slalom.
Snowmaking began Tuesday morning on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in preparation for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team to begin their road to Sochi training on Colorado snow.
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Known as the most successful female ski racer in American history - and quickly gaining on "all time" status - Lindsey Vonn is one of the few world-class, four-event ski racers. She is the only American woman to ever capture downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles. Six weeks after she turned 20, Vonn (then Kildow) produced her first World Cup victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. She has since captured a U.S. record 59 World Cup wins. In addition to her 2010 Olympic downhill gold and super G bronze, she holds five World Championship medals, including double gold in 2009.
The 2013 season proved to be riddled with challenges for Vonn. After entering the winter in the best shape of her life, she was walloped by a post-Soelden stomach bug that landed her in the hospital. She bounced back just in time to sweep the Lake Louise speed series in early December, but was totally drained and opted to take an extended rest a few weeks later. It was the first break she'd taken from the World Cup tour since she began racing.
Ultimately it was a six-race hiatus, but she returned in time for the January speed series. She locked in one more downhill win in Cortina d'Ampezzo, which was just enough to score her sixth straight World Cup downhill title – a record for both men and women. Primed and ready to rock at the World Championships in February, Vonn crashed during the opening race, tearing her ACL/MCL and ending her season.
All things considered, she locked a women's record 17th World Cup crystal globe and ended up well within range of toppling Annemarie Moser-Proell’s World Cup win record of 62. Plus, with the drive of someone like Vonn, recovering strong will not be an issue.
Basically what happened in Schladming was I came into that jump going a little bit faster, or I don't know if I just hit the jump wrong, but I feel like I flew a lot further than the other girls. When I landed, the snow was just different. The snow was soft. It was not slick, basically, and my right ski just stopped and my knee buckled.
It is always an honor to win a title, even if I wish I had done it by competing alongside my teammates over the past month. I hope they will bring home many more titles this season. This only fuels me to work even harder to get back out on the mountain as soon as I can.
OFF THE SNOW
Out of her ski boots, she swings a mean tennis racquet and golf club. After recording a hole-in-one during one of her first full 18 holes, Vonn is now a staple at charity tournaments. But if you ask her about her favorite thing to do beside ski, she'll tell you it's all about spending time with her family, especially her "schwesters."
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