PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (March 4, 2017) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) finished second to lead four American women into the top 11 in Saturday’s Jeongseon Downhill at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Italy’s Sofia Goggia finally won her first World Cup event of the season after finishing on the podium nine times this season. World Cup downhill leader Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia was third. Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) was fourth. Stacey Cook (Mammoth Lakes, CA) sixth and Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) was 11th. The women’s Super G podium mirrored that of the Olympic test event downhill a day earlier, as Lindsey Vonn finished second.
Racing under brilliant blue skies and temperatures climbing into the 50s, Vonn chose bib No. 1, hoping to get down the track before the sun baked it.
“I thought it was a good decision,” said Vonn, who started bib 1 for only the second time in her career in downhill. “But it looks like the track (was) getting quite a bit faster, especially on the top, so maybe it wasn’t the fastest choice. But either way I skied it as fast as I could, and I have no regrets.”
Vonn laid down a solid run as Stuhec, who started bib 3, couldn’t match her time. However, Goggia, who narrowly missed the downhill podium two weeks ago at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, absolutely nailed the bottom of the course, erasing a 0.22 deficit to Vonn at the fifth split to take the victory by 0.07.
“I thought my run was pretty solid,” Vonn said. “I definitely made a couple mistakes, especially on top and the very bottom – I lost a couple tenths in both places. I know there is a lot of time to be had, but I think it’s better that I save my best skiing for the Olympics. Of course I would have loved to win today, but I was second as well in Vancouver in the test events before the Olympics. So if that shows any indication of what’s to come next year, hopefully that’s what it means.”
Based on two days of training and now with one race in the books, the American women like what they see in the 2018 Olympic downhill course.
“I really, really love the track,” said Cook. “I think it suits our team better than any major championships track we’ve run in a long time. The first time I saw it, I was like this is something that meets my skills a lot better than some of the World Cup courses that we’ve been on, that I’ve been struggling on.”
- Lindsey Vonn finished second to lead four American women into the top 10 in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill on the 2018 Olympic downhill course in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
- Italy’s Sofia Goggia finally won her first World Cup event of the season after finishing on the podium nine times this season.
- World Cup downhill leader Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia was third.
Laurenne Ross was fourth, Stacey Cook sixth, Jackie Wiles 11th, Alice McKennis (New Castle, CO) was 27th and Anna Marno (Centennial, WY) was 42nd.
- Road to Aspen: Mikaela Shiffrin, who didn’t race Saturday, leads the overall World Cup standings with 1,323 points. Stuhec is second with 1,085 points. Stuhec had the opportunity to seal the World Cup downhill crystal globe with a top-two finish in South Korea. However, she leads Goggia, who moved into second overall, by 97 points with one downhill remaining at the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado.