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Lindsey Vonn Grabs World Championship Downhill Bronze

Lindsey Vonn Grabs World Championship Downhill Bronze

St. Moritz, Switzerland ~ Lindsey Vonn landed on the podium, taking the bronze medal, to lead all four Americans into the top 15 in Sunday’s downhill at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.  It is Vonn’s record-tying seventh World Championship medal (Ted Ligety also has 7 WC medals).

Slovenia’s rising star, Ilka Stuhec continued her dominant season to take the gold ahead of Austria’s Stephanie Venier, who grabbed the silver,  Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was fifth, Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) tied for 12th and Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID) was 15th.

“It’s been a tough year for me coming back from my arm injury.” said the 32-year-old Vonn, who became the oldest woman in World Championships history to stand on the podium.  “Definitely struggled with my confidence there for a little bit, but I fought back and today a bronze medal feels like gold to me.  It’s my seventh World Championship medal, and I now have every color in downhill, so I’m very proud of what I did today.”

Ross nailed the bottom of the downhill course to post a career-best World Championship result.

Laurenne Ross
Laurenne Ross was fifth in downhill Sunday in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

“It’s been a tough year for me coming back from my arm injury,” said 32-year-old Vonn, who became the oldest woman in World Championships history to stand on the podium. “Definitely struggled with my confidence there for a little bit, but I fought back and today a bronze medal feels like gold to me. It’s my seventh World Championship medal, and I now have every color in downhill, so I’m very proud of what I did today.”

Ross nailed the bottom of the downhill course to post a career-best World Championship result.

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Jackie Wiles finished tied for 12th in Sunday’s downhill at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alain Grosclaude)

“My strongest section is coming off the bottom pitch and off that last big jump,” Ross said. “I could feel myself carrying speed. I’m not sure how my top sections were – they haven’t been the fastest this week – but I gave it what I had and I skied well and I’m happy.”

For Wiles, who is competing in only her second World Championships, Sunday’s downhill was an opportunity to get back on track after not finishing the Super-G earlier in the week.

“I was a little bummed at first after the Super-G,” Wiles said. “After the training runs, I needed to tighten my line up quite a bit after watching some video. I just tried to send it as hard as I could today and tighten that line up. I think for the most part, it was pretty good in sections, but there were a couple turns also where I scrubbed (some speed). But it’s OK, still a lot of fun, and I’m just happy to be here.”

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Lindsey Vonn took the bronze medal in the downhill at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Hans Bezard)

Up next, the women compete in the team event Tuesday. All events are streamed live on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lindsey Vonn took the bronze medal in Sunday’s 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships downhill.
  • Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec won the gold ahead of Austria’s Stephanie Venier, who took the silver medal.
  • Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was fifth, Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) tied for 12th and Breezy Johnson (Victor, ID) was 15th.


Vonn celebrates her podium. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Giovanni Auletta)

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