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. (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)
The weather finally lifted in Bansko, after a weekend of delays and cancelations due to heavy fog. In a sun-drenched, technically set super G, Lindsey Vonn grabbed third place. Podium regulars Anna Fenninger of Austria and Tina Maze of Slovenia went 1-2.
After two days of delays and canceled races, the race organizers at Bansko were determined to complete the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined. But the race was marred by tough snow and fog in the super G portion, which caused many racers trouble.
The best female ski racers in the world competed in front of a rowdy Slovenian crowd on Saturday that rivaled that of the World Championships in Beaver Creek, CO.
Now that the stands are empty, the cowbells have quieted and the dust has settled on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, all that is left is the memories.
The U.S. Ski Team wrapped up the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with a strong closing weekend, finishing with five medals.
The speed races wrapped on Beaver Creek’s renowned Birds of Prey terrain and the World Champs focus switched to the technical events. Of the 116 women at the World Championships GS on Thursday, Mikaela Shiffrin took eighth and Lindsey Vonn was 14th.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn have both served as the team’s top-ranking female athletes. Thursday's World Champs GS will be the first time the public will see them compete head-to-head at the Championships.
It was another day full of action on Monday at the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO for the women’s alpine combined. Hopes were high for Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who took seventh in the downhill before straddling in the slalom.
There was a lot riding on the results from the women’s downhill training runs on Thursday afternoon in Beaver Creek. With it all said and done, the U.S. Ski Team will send Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook into Friday’s downhill.
The 2015 World Championships began Tuesday with the women’s super G in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. In front of her hometown fans, Lindsey Vonn skied her way to a podium spot, taking the bronze medal. All four American starters finished in the top 15.
A stack lineup of women racers representing the U.S. Ski Team will slide into the start gate on Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST. Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross will all be gunning for a World Champs podium.
Three U.S. women will contend for two remaining start positions for Friday's women's downhill. Training opens Monday on Raptor.
Watch Lindsey Vonn's epic battle from crutches to breaking the World Cup win record in their documentary, Lindsey Vonn – The Climb, available for free on redbull.com.
Lindsey Vonn will take her 64th Audi FIS Ski World Cup to Vail, winning the St. Moritz super G in the final women's event before the World Championships open next week.
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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.
A horrific crash at the February 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships left Vonn with a torn ACL/MCL, fractured tibial plateau and a whole lot of motivation to come back to the sport strong. It was the kind of motivation that put her back on snow in Portillo, Chile at the end of August, a full month and a half ahead of schedule. All signs were pointing to go, and Vonn was on track when a mid-November downhill training crash at Copper Mountain resulted in a major setback.
Determined to compete in the 2014 Olympics, Vonn pushed on. She returned to training a few weeks later and was back in the start gate in early December in Lake Louise, where she placed a promising fifth in the super G. She cruised into the next race series at Val d’Isere, France feeling strong, but her knee was rocked after hitting a big hole in the downhill. She then wisely called it a season so she could set her sights on the healing process and be in the best shape of her life for the 2015 season, when the World Championships will be hosted on her home snow of Vail/Beaver Creek.
At first I was extremely upset. I didn't know what to do. Then I tried to regroup and figure out a plan. How can I make this work? How can I keep skiing? We tried to come up with a good plan, so I still had hope, a glimmer of hope. I never gave up hope all the way up until the day I decided I couldn’t do it anymore.
Having not raced in Sochi…that totally changed everything. Barring anything bad happening, I'm committed to another four years. Even if I do well next year at the World Championships, I want to be able to have an opportunity to defend my gold medal.
OFF THE SNOW
Out of her ski boots, Vonn 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 and new pooch, Leo (Instagram: LeoVonn).
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