Alpine

Vonn Second at La Thuile Downhill

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USSA
2016-02-20 05:03
 

LA THUILE, Italy (Feb. 19, 2016) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) wrapped up her eighth overall World Cup downhill title, and moved back into the overall World Cup lead following her second place downhill finish at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Saturday.


Lindsey Vonn finished second in Saturday’s World Cup downhill in La Thuile, Italy. (Getty Images/AFP-Oliver Morin)

“I still have to stay focused on the race everyday and I can’t think about the records, or the future, or the points,” said Vonn after wrapping up a record 20th crystal globe, breaking Ingemar Stenmark record of 19. “But I’m still really proud that I’m able to accomplish that, especially after all my injuries, to be able to consistently wins globes … I’m proud of myself. Hopefully I have more globes to come in the future.”

Italy’s Nadia Fanchini won her first career World Cup downhill as her teammate Daniela Merighetti finished third. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) posted her third-straight fifth place finish on the new Italian track.

Lindsey Vonn races to her eighth downhill crystal globe.

“It was a windy race today, which definitely got into my head a little bit,” Ross said. “I think it messed with everyone to a certain degree. But I'm really happy to be in the top five again, and to watch Lindsey ski to win the downhill globe today was rad.”

Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who led the overall World Cup standings heading into Saturday’s race following her victory on Friday, finished tied for 11th with Alice McKennis (New Castle, CO). Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) was 24th and Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) finished 33rd.

Ross
Laurenne Ross posted her third-straight fifth-place downhill finish Saturday. (Getty Images/AFP- Alain Grosclaude)

Up next, the ladies race super G Sunday.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lindsey Vonn moved back into the overall World Cup lead after finishing second in Saturday’s downhill.
  • Vonn clinched her eighth World Cup downhill title with one downhill remaining for the 2016 season.
  • Vonn is the first skier in history to have won 20 Crystal Globes.
  • Switzerland’s Lara Gut, Friday’s downhill winner, finished 11th and surrendered the overall World Cup Lead to Vonn by 43 points.
  • Laurenne Ross posted her third top-five downhill result of the season Saturday.

QUOTES

Lindsey Vonn
Of all the records this year that I’m breaking, it’s still really hard to process what I’m doing. I won’t fully grasp the magnitude of everything until I’m done with my career. And I think it’s good that I don’t focus on it now because it’s something to distract my mind.

I still have to stay focused on the race everyday and I can’t think about the records, or the future, or the points. But I’m still really proud that I’m able to accomplish that, especially after all my injuries, to be able to consistently wins globes … I’m proud of myself. Hopefully I have more globes to come in the future.

Laurenne Ross
This is the consistency I've been searching for the last few years. I'm skiing well, and starting to trust myself more. But I'm still not 100 percent certain on my skis, and that's what's costing me the podium. Doubt is always in my head, but I'm learning how to accept and befriend it with kindness and patience ... each day it becomes more familiar, and I'm hoping that will grow to soon be one of my strengths.

It was a windy race today, which definitely got into my head a little bit. I think it messed with everyone to a certain degree. But I'm really happy to be in the top five again, and to watch Lindsey ski to win the downhill globe today was rad. I'm psyched for her, and happy for the Italians who did so well in their home country! Also, that was a sick result for Steven today! Wahoo!

Broadcast and Live Streaming (times EST)
Sunday, Feb. 21
5:00 a.m. - Women's super G, La Thuile - LIVE - NBC Sports Live Extra
6:00 p.m. - Women's super G, La Thuile - Universal HD

RESULTS
Women’s downhill