Saturday, January 20, 2018

Lindsey Vonn Claims 40th Career Downhill Victory in Cortina

Lindsey Vonn became the oldest female World Cup downhill winner on Saturday in Cortina d'Ampezzo as she claimed her 40th downhill and 79th career World Cup victory. Cleanly executing her plan from the training runs, Vonn bested Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather by just shy of a second. Jackie Wiles of the U.S. utilized Vonn's radio report and skied a daring run on the edge of control to collect her second career podium in third.
An error during Friday's race likely cost Vonn the victory, but she rebounded strongly the following day at the Italian resort which she noted is her favorite place to ski. Her teammate Wiles had to rely on an acrobatic recovery during her run on Saturday, reminiscent of Vonn's save the previous day. Weirather, who was strong during training but struggled on Friday and finished 19th, collected her second downhill podium of the season and first since Lake Louise.

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