Lindsey Vonn made a short yet encouraging trip last week to St. Moritz during the recent World Cup Finals to pick up her 20th crystal globe after the downhill race that she could unfortunately not enter as she is still recovering from her knee-injury sustained last month during her bad crash in a Super-G in Andorra.
The American star, who has been regularly competing in the famous Swiss resort since 2001, greatly enjoyed returning at the bottom of the Corviglia course where she already celebrated a total of six wins in three disciplines in the last ten years as well as half a dozen podium finishes.
"It's nice to be back here even though I'm really sorry I can't race again this year, I would have greatly enjoyed fighting for more globes here this week," she told the press as she was walking around the finish area with using crutches.
"St. Moritz is such a nice location and the slopes around are really spectacular too. I had fun fighting hard for victories here in past years," added the skier from Vail after collecting her eighth downhill globe at the awards ceremony.
"I'm looking forward to return here in good shape next February and fight for more medals. This was one of the main reasons why I preferred ending my season after that crash last month. I didn't want to take any risk now with my health in order to be able to better prepare the next two seasons which are so crucial for me," also commented Vonn who has been aiming for more gold medals after her great successes at Val d'Isère in 2009 and Vancouver in 2010. She clinched a total of eight medals from 2007 to 2015 at FIS World Championships and Olympics.
Her nine victories this winter in downhill, Super-G and giant slalom made her reasonably hoping to clinch a fifth overall World Cup title and get closer to the record of 86 World Cup wins by Sweden's skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark who excelled in the 1970s and 1980s, yet Lindsey needs now to wait at least another season to fulfill that ambition.
"It's always good to have that sort of high goals left, it'll help me to remain motivated and focused during the off-season when I'll again spend much time and energy to train and improve my shape," she explained at St. Moritz. "I think I can be proud of my level of performance this season, I could have been one of my best ever in fact. I had some bad luck in a few occasions yet I also achieved some very exciting runs. I know it'll be harder for me in future to face very determined younger racers who are skiing very well too, but this is also part of the challenges that push me ahead. I wish to show that I still have a lot in me to give for my athletic activity".
Among the numerous season-highlights that Lindsey Vonn likes to discuss is her meeting with Stenmark himself at the finish area of the City Event in Stockholm in which she took part in February. "It was wonderful to chat with him, he is such a legend and a very nice person too," she said. "I hope to meet him soon again because I'm curious to know how he managed to win so many races over a period of fifteen years, which is pretty amazing."
Lindsey Vonn was also happy to acquire an adorable Cavalier King Charles spaniel she named Lucy in Italy last January and bring it over to her home. "It was so great to be in her company for most of the European season, she is a great companion," she also told the press. "My two other dogs were not so pleased to meet her when I brought her back, but I hope things will cool down between them."
And with the win of the downhill title this season, she has now a total of 20 crystal globes - and thus broke the record mark of 19 crystal globes, held by Ingemar Stenmark.
"I'm so proud of what I have done and happy that I was able to come back here and accept my Globe." Lindsey said. "I felt like I had a really great year - nine wins - and to be able to still take home one Globe at least, even though I had to end my season early, it means a lot. I worked so hard and was so close - I was leading four titles when I got hurt - so to still have at least one (Globe), that was huge and I'm pretty excited about it."
Lindsey was still in the lead of the super-G standings until today's last SG race of the season. However, Lara Gut/Switzerland and Tina Weirather/Liechtenstein surpassed Lindsey with their results today - thus, Lindsey finished third in the super-G standings.
Her eighth World Cup title in downhill allows Lindsey to become the most successful speed specialist in the history of modern ski racing - ahead of Austrian ski greats Annemarie Moser-Proell or Renate Goetschl!
With eight victories in downhill World Cup standings, five in super-G and three in combined, Lindsey Vonn also passed the mark many years ago set by Sweden's Skiing Legend Ingemar Stenmark who held the previous record of fifteen wins in giant slalom and slalom standings amassed between 1975 and 1984. She also grabbed four big globes in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015 and Stenmark three of them from 1976 to 1978.
The champion from Vail left the Val d'Aosta resort with a lead of 23 points in the overall World Cup standings on her main rival, Switzerland Lara Gut, winner in Friday's first downhill race. There are eleven competitions left in the calendar in the coming month.
"I'm really happy with the weekend. It could have been better, it could have been worse. I came away with my twentieth World Cup title, which I'm really proud of," the American told the press after the Super-G race. "I think maybe at the beginning of the season, because I was winning so often, everyone thought it was real easy, and it's really not easy. The conditions were tough today, soft snow. Yesterday, it was kind of hard for me to get my confidence back after crashing (in Friday's downhill), but I still was able to fight through and get two podiums, and anytime you're on the podium, you have to be really happy, and I am," she added.
"Winning is really hard. I tried my best (this weekend) ... and I didn't win. That's ski racing. It's a really big fight to the end of the season. We're almost at the point where you can feel that the (World Cup) finals are coming ... and I like that last part of the season. I'm really looking forward to the last couple of races," also commented the 2010 downhill Olympic champion who plans to travel to Stockholm for the city event scheduled for Tuesday evening.
With three more Super-G races scheduled until the end of the season, Lindsey Vonn leads the specialty standings with 420 points, 79 more than Lara Gut. Tina Weirather, the winner on Sunday, is in third place with 266 points.
As it has been the case end of January at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Lindsey was not ready to take all risks in Sunday's Super-G on the difficult Franco Berthod course as the race conditions were pretty challenging because of the warm temperatures in the region that day.
"I just skied a little bit conservatively because of the softer snow in some sections and I think I was doing pretty well until the second to last jump," Lindsey Vonn explained. "I didn't give myself enough direction and I think I lost some good speed there. But all in all I think it was a really good weekend. I fought back from some adversities and didn't pull myself out of the game mentally so that was a big victory for me."
"Mistakes happen and you just got to move forward and today I was finally 100 percent focused on the skiing and I felt a lot better," Vonn added. "I actually got some sleep last night. So now I'm just thinking about racing and that's what I should be thinking about, because I have a lot of important races coming up."
The nice and warm weather on Sunday attracted thousands of spectators along the course, many of them young children asking the athletes for autographs. They loudly cheered Lindsey Vonn at the finish line during the award ceremony and when she left the arrival area. "That was intense," she commented. "Coming down from the finish was incredible. There were so many kids and I love that. I love the enthusiasm they have for the sport and it makes our job a lot more fun as well."
The US superstar was obviously thrilled and also relieved with her strong back-to-back podium finishes following the rough and nerves breaking moments she dealt with on Friday following her unexpected crash in the first downhill race. After three intense months of racing crowned by nine wins in three specialties, Lindsey Vonn sometimes needs to fight hard with herself to remain totally concentrated and motivated when battling for victory in every competition she is entering.
"I made a mistake and everyone does that," she told the media on Saturday after finding back most of her focus and determination after a short night. "I am human. I had a lot of emotions yesterday and I should have just done boxing with my trainer."
"I'm always usually careful with what I do and say on the social media platforms and I just didn't really think it through," Vonn also explained. "I was a little bit too emotional. It was a good lesson for me. I just have to remember that I have a lot of people looking up to me and I can't let my emotions get the best of me."
After the city event at Stockholm, Lindsey will try to find back her winning form at Soldeu, in Andorra, where a Super-G and a combined event are planned over the weekend.
These strong performances allowed her to reinforce her lead in the overall World Cup standings over the weekend and get closer to the legendary mark of 86 victories in World Cup races set by Sweden's skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark in the 1970s and 1980s.
The champion from Vail, who also had the privilege to spend some nice moments within the Red Bull Motorhome located that weekend in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, owns now a total of 76 wins in all five alpine disciplines and has a good chance to increase her mark with seven speed races left in the coming weeks of competition.
Lindsey Vonn already scored more than one thousand points so far this winter and leads the overall standings by 87 points over Lara Gut with five more weekends of racing scheduled this season prior to the Finals at St. Moritz, in Switzerland.
The American strongly enjoys staying in the Bavarian town where she had already won several races in past years, including a slalom and a few Super-Gs. She often celebrated Christmas in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in past years with her friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch when the German star was still competing.
"It's always fun here, my dad was here too, I also spent some time with Maria and visited the US Army base, I really feel comfortable here," she told the press at the arrival. I also know the slope pretty well now and have a good feeling for what I need to do to be fast on it."
In the downhill race, Lindsey crushed the rest of the field winning it by the astonishing margin of 1,51 seconds - impressing once more her main rivals. "We are all fighting hard to make it safe to the finish line, but she seems so smooth and controlled on her way down, how is she doing it?" said Austria's expert Elisabeth Goergl, a two-time world champion on that same slope five years ago.
Interestingly enough, Vonn explained that in fact she didn't take too many risks to dominate her competitors, using her brain as much as her legs to get as safely as possible over the rough course.
"It was definitely a lot different today than it was in the training run, pretty much a totally different course. It was definitely bumpy ... and very flat light in some sections. I was able to execute it well in the right places, and carry my speed through the whole course," she said after the race.
"I was watching all the racers from the start, and I could see that there were some problems. There were some bumps, and the problem is that the bumps were right in the compressions, and also where there were shadows, so you couldn't really see anything."
That fifth downhill win this season allows Lindsey Vonn to lead the specialty standings by 172 points over Canada's Larisa Yurkiw with only three races left on the program. Her chances to clinch another crystal globe in the discipline look pretty solid for the moment.
"It was a great day," Lindsey also said. "Every day is a new chance to break my own record, which is kind of weird to say, but it still makes it exciting. Every win for me is more special than the last. And my dad is here, it's really special," she added.
The scene seems set for another outstanding performance the next day in the fourth Super-G race of the season as Lindsey was unbeaten in that specialty for a long time. Yet the warm weather and the course conditions didn't allow her to fully achieve her potential - she didn't want to take too many risks on the sometimes softer snow that was covering the course on Sunday. She came in 3rd, 23/100 of a second behind Lara Gut.
"I was sort of expecting that the green light may now show up at the finish line after my run, I felt that I was not moving at my best yet 3rd place is fine too. You can always hope for a little bit more, but like I said, I'm still really happy and my dad is still proud of me and my dog still loves me. So all-in-all, I think I'm doing pretty good," Vonn commented.
In fact Lindsey's puppy Lucy was also one of the stars of the day as it moved towards her after the awards ceremony allowing Lindsey to cuddle her in front of her fans as she did the previous evening at the bib draw.
"It's a good day at the office," Vonn also commented afterwards. "The snow was soft today -- like spring. I didn't risk everything today -- I probably could have. But I'm older and wiser now and to get to the finish healthy and in third is still a pretty darn good day. The Broncos game is tonight and if they win, it'll make up for my third place."
"It's a very good weekend, I can't win 'em all," she summarized." I tried my best, to ski my best ever day and I think I've done a pretty good job so far this season. Today was just not one of those days where I felt like putting it all on the line. I've had a great season so far and I want to keep it going. It's better to be safe than sorry."
Lindsey Vonn who had her share of bad crashes and major injuries in recent season aims now for some smoother weekends on courses which perfectly suit her style. Next weekend she will be fighting for more podium results and points at Crans-Montana, where a downhill, a combined event and a slalom are scheduled. She already won a downhill in the Swiss resort back in March 2008 - on her way to her maiden overall World Cup triumph.
Her expected 37th triumph in a World Cup downhill allowed her to improve the previous record of Austria's skiing legend Annemarie Moser-Proell that she tied two weeks ago at Zauchensee, in Austria. On the next day, she got her 75th World Cup win achieving a nearly flawless run in the challenging Super-G competition that allowed her to regain the lead in the overall World Cup standings with an advance of 45 points on Switzerland's Lara Gut as the tour is moving to Slovenia's Maribor where the next technical races are scheduled at the end of this month.
So far Lindsey has won eight of the ten races she managed to finish in the first part of the season! With nearly twenty races left on the calendar including a City Event at Stockholm early March, the "Speed Queen" has a good chance to improve her own record of twelve victories achieved during her amazing 2011/12 season, when she scored nearly 2000 points in the overall standings.
The best mark of 14 wins has been set on the women's side by Switzerland's Vreni Schneider during her excellent 1988/89 season while skiing legends Ingemar Stenmark and Hermann Maier peaked at 13 wins during their best winters.
Of course, Lindsey has been mostly questioned about her chance to beat one day the mark set by Stenmark in the 1970s and 1980s - when the Swede won a total of 86 races during his fantastic career.
In fact, it has become a tough situation to deal with now for the American star. "I think there was a lot of pressure," she said at Cortina d'Ampezzo after the downhill. "The more people talk about the record, the harder it is to break them. I try to stay focused on my skiing. I'm just really happy to come away with another win and another record.
"I need to just focus on tomorrow -- one day at a time, one race at a time," she added. "I can't start calculating the numbers because it gets into my head. It makes it harder than it needs to be. I just need to ski solid and not have any mistakes. Then the results will come and the records will come. You can't put the cart before the horse."
Each winter, Lindsey is always looking forward to return to the Italian resort nested in the beautiful Dolomites mountains situated north of Venice.
"I love Cortina," she commented. "It's the place I got my first podium. Last year, breaking the overall wins record -- that was incredible. My sister is here now and a lot of the tech girls are here, which is really nice. I don't think I've ever had tech girls come to watch me ski a speed race, so that was something special for me. Of course, all my teammates on the speed side are really supportive too. It was just another perfect day in Cortina."
At the bib draw of the downhill, Lindsey introduced her new puppy Lucy to the other racers before moving to the ceremony. She got the 3-month-old cavalier king spaniel recently at Bologna and is extremely happy about having it with her on the road. "I love Lucy! Landed on her name. Can't get enough of this little love bug. She seems to be helping me ski fast too:) " she wrote on her twitter account along her photo with it.
At Cortina Lindsey also explained that Lucy has become a wonderful companion and a great support for her as she sometimes feels lonely when returning to her room. "I feel like sometimes when I have a bad day it's hard to go home," she told the press. "It's nice to have a friendly, smiling little puppy face excited for me to come home whether I win or lose."
After the Super-G race, Lindsey Vonn had another good reason to be happy and proud of her performance as the run was technically pretty challenging. "This weekend has been incredible. I feel like all the speed weekends have been amazing. I'm just skiing really well, skiing confident. It was interesting to see the course set today. It was a set a little bit more technical, and people thought that maybe I wouldn't be able to win with that set, but I skied well. I'm a good turner as I showed it at Are."
"The snow here is absolutely perfect. This place is incredibly special for me. I've broken quite a few records here now; I enjoy the time here. I'm always confident and happy here when I'm in the starting gate and I think that shows with my skiing. I wish we had more races here."
After some giant slalom training somewhere in Italy this week, Lindsey is aiming for another strong performance at Maribor where she also won a competition back in 2013, a week before her dramatic crash in Super-G at Schladming during the FIS Ski World Championships. The Slovenian course suits her style and may allow her to achieve another strong performance in the specialty after a series of disappointing results at Courchevel and Lienz.
She first won the two-run-downhill and the following Super-G race afterwards - improving her own all-time-record for women to 73 victories in total. She had already won two competitions there - a combined in 2009 and a downhill in 2011. She reached the podium nine times there since January 2007.
The four-time overall World Cup champion was particularly thrilled to share her joy capturing her 36th downhill race with Austria's skiing legend Annemarie Moser-Proell, who had established that record during her fabulous career from 1969 to 1980! The former champion, now 62, watched her winning runs from the finish area and warmly congratulated her on the winner's podium afterwards. "She races with great power, she seems to be moving on tracks as a train," Moser-Proell commented afterwards.
"It surely means a lot to me to have achieved that performance here in front of Annemarie who is such a legend - to be tied with her in downhill is incredible," Lindsey Vonn told the press. "I'm very pleased to start the New Year so well after my short break at home," the 31-year-old American added.
"I had a lot of confidence after Lake Louise and then in Val d'Isère, I felt like I just kind of lost my confidence a little bit after going out in the downhill, so I went home. I had a good break and now I'm energized again. I feel really good mentally and physically, and I think that showed in this weekend's racing. Hopefully, I can just continue on in this direction, keep the momentum going and hopefully, keep winning."
A veteran of already fifteen World Cup seasons, Lindsey Vonn perfectly knows now what it needs to be consistently successful and battle for another big crystal globe - it would be her fifth since 2008! "I'm not focused on the overall right now," she also said after her Super-G win.
"It's, you know, too early in the season. I'm just focused on winning. I want to win as many races as I can, and I think if I can do that it'll put me in a good position for the overall title. The key is to remain as concentrated as possible before each race. The season is still pretty long."
The all-time victory record of Sweden's skiing legend Ingermar Stenmark, who amassed 86 wins from 1974 to 1989 seems in reach now for Lindsey Vonn who plans to keep on racing until the 2018 Olympics in Korea.
"It would be amazing, but it's still far away for the moment, it will need much hard work and some luck too in order to get close to that mark," Vonn said some time ago.
For the moment, the US leader just aims to enjoy another great season and ski each time as fast as possible when it matters. At Zauchensee, she also told the press how she is feeling about herself and what helps her remaining a very determined and competitive athlete on snow.
"I'm surely stronger in my mind than before. I have the feeling to ski as well as in my excellent 2011/12 season," she explained. "I'm for sure older and smarter than a few years ago. Nowadays I'm definitely the smartest ski racer I have ever been - and certainly this makes me stronger. I'm very pleased with my actual form and my attitude. I just hope to remain at that level for a while! "
Lindsey's positive attitude and her willpower strongly helped her to overcome her grueling crash at Schladming in February 2013 and return at the very top following a series of serious injuries that cost her so much time.
"These injuries were terrible and have changed a lot for me, but I also learned a lot during those tough moments," she recalls. "I'm pretty proud of my comeback and all what I could achieve afterwards even though I surely lost much time and opportunities to set new best marks. It was particularly hard to skip the 2014 Olympics! I can't say if all of this has been positive or negative - I'm now here and keep on fighting. I became stronger."
"I don't really know exactly why I have been so fast here, I don't think I'm so much ahead of the other racers," she explained. "For sure I am trying very hard to give my best in each race but I also get the support of a group of great experts. It may be the main reason. My serviceman Heinz Haemmerle prepares me incredibly fast skis, and I can always count on the precise advises of the US coaches, Chris Knight and also Robert Trenkwalder from Red Bull. It's not so easy to win each given day. Thanks God, I can count on a group of great people around me."
"I still aim to improve my level. Sometimes, I don't ski clean enough but fortunately I'm very strong in my head for the moment. There are no perfect runs in ski racing. When you're fast, you always make mistakes. I just try hard to make less mistakes than the other racers."
Next weekend, Lindsey is aiming for another good result in the next giant slalom scheduled in the 'Hermann Maier' course at Flachau. "I never raced a giant slalom there, it's nice that we have some races there now."
Coming down with bib number two, Lindsey has set the fastest time (1:44.13) in the downhill leg of the first Alpine Combined event of the season and entered the afternoon Slalom run with a .38 lead over Lara Gut - but Lara then nailed the top part of the Slalom course to pull into the lead.
After the race Lindsey said "I could analyze myself all day long and I could find a hundredth on every single turn, but you know I gave it my best shot, and considering how much slalom I've trained, which is pretty much nothing, it was a really good performance. So, I'm happy with it. Maybe one hundredth faster would've been nice, but you win and lose by hundredths all the time, so it's just part of the sport."
At Saturday's Downhill race in Val d'Isère Lindsey had the fastest first split time when she hit a bump midway down of the Oreiller Killy course - and went up on the inside of her left ski. However, she eventually landed and skied then safely off the course for a DNF.
The following day, Lindsey finished 13th at the Giant Slalom in Courchevel. She still felt a bit rattled from Saturday but was ranked 10th in the morning first leg - and then finished 13th in the afternoon under sunny conditions on the Emile-Allais course and was thus the lone U.S. finisher in this race.
The Ladies' World Cup will continue with two days of tech races in Lienz (AUT) on December 28/29, 2015.
Strong winds at the top of the Olympia course forced race officials to push the start down to the reserve location - and Lindsey sped down the course just brilliantly.
She clocked a combined time of 2:04.70, 0.07 ahead of Eva-Maria Brem from Austria and 0.35 ahead of Federica Brignone from Italy.
"I love racing here in Are under the lights," Lindsey said right after the race. "This is my second GS win here. It's just been a great season so far, and congratulations to all the other racers as well - so happy."
"It was a big deal. I feel like there were some people that doubted whether I could win today, and especially because Lara (Gut) had won the last couple races here in super G. And also my technician made some bets with people, so I felt a little bit like I had to come through. It was my physio Lindsay's last day with me traveling on the road, so I kind of wanted to end with a bang. I had a pretty good run. I'm pretty happy with it." Lindsey said after the race.
On Friday and Saturday Lindsey also grabbed victories in both downhill races: She won Friday's downhill by half a second and at Saturday's downhill race she was more than a second ahead of anyone else for victory number two.
Lindsey has now won 18 times in 41 career starts at Lake Louise, enough the resort is sometimes referred to as "Lake Lindsey" and extending her record for one skier at one venue.
The women's World Cup continues with a GS and SL in Are/Sweden on December 12-13.
=> Lindsey after the GS in Aspen/USA
Lindsey, who captured "Best Female Athlete" already twice (2010 and 2011) is competing in this category against MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, UConn basketball star Breanna Stewart and tennis champion Serena Williams. Lindsey was nominated for "Best Female Athlete" for her great achievements this season: She set a new world record for Women's World Cup victories and tied Ingemar Stenmark as the only skier to win 19 World Cup crystal globes.
In the "Best Comeback Athlete" category Lindsey is up against New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. Lindsey is nominated for her outstanding comeback to ski racing this season after having had knee injuries.
Winners are determined by votes - so vote now for Lindsey on ESPYS.com, starting from June 24 through to July 15 at 8pm ET.
Here are five things Vonn has been up to away from the slopes:
1. Working on her charity, The Lindsey Vonn Foundation
Vonn launched her foundation, dedicated to empowering and mentoring young women through scholarships and camps, in February 2015.
"We just gave out our first scholarship to a girl in Minnesota," Vonn told RedBull.com. "We're trying to figure out camp dates and collaborations with other foundations. Things are on a good track. I really like the work -- some of the essays from girls that are inquiring about a scholarship are so cute and meaningful. It's why I do it. It makes it worthwhile."
Vonn made her first trip to the Magic Kingdom in May. "We went to the 'Tomorrowland' premiere and they blocked it out ... for us to do all the rides. We did Space Mountain twice in a row. But we had scarfed down some hamburgers before that, so it was a little bit, uh, spicy. But I got my selfie with Mickey Mouse, which was the highlight of my night."
3. Movie premieres
Besides "Tomorrowland," Vonn walked the red carpet for "The Age of Adaline." She said, "Blake (Lively) was really good in it."
4. Playing with her dogs, Bear and Leo
Living life at 8,000 feet sometimes has its disadvantages. "It's still snowing in Vail! I really want to take them hiking, but it's still a bit hard to do that," Vonn said at a recent photo shoot. "It's been pretty muddy a lot of the time, so they've been ruining my house. Bear is a menace and Leo is my angel. I have some work to go in teaching them -- they went to doggie boot camp and I feel like they're a little bit better."
5. Ice cream
Because even a champ has got to cheat. "Ben & Jerry's. Cherry Garcia. And I really like the Half Baked frozen yogurts."
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Same scenario like at the Downhill race on Wednesday: For Lindsey the rival to beat was Anna Fenninger from Austria, just 8 points separated the two fastest Super-G skier of the season in the standings. Fenninger had an almost flawless run and she took the lead, thus Lindsey needed to take a win for claiming the title. She skied aggressively and put down a stunning run at the Roc de Fer. She set the pace right from the top, taking the lead by finishing the race in a time of 1 minute and 7.70 seconds. Lindsey was nearly half a second (+0.49) faster than Fenninger and that was enough to give Lindsey a 28-point victory over the Austrian in the Super-G standings. Tina Maze from Slovenia finished in third, 0.80 behind Lindsey.
"Anna put a lot of pressure on me. I knew she was leading when I was at the top and I just skied as hard as I could," said Lindsey "I was definitely on the limit, especially at the bottom. I just attacked like I had nothing to lose. I'm just thrilled with the win today and the second Crystal Globe this season."
Lindsey notched 19th World Cup titles and joined Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark as the only skier to reach 19 season titles across all disciplines and the overall. What a smashing result considering her nearly two years on injury misery. Thumbs up to our "Crystal Lindsey"!
Lindsey finished the Roc de Fer course in Méribel, in one minute, 29.87 seconds, 0.24 seconds ahead of Elisabeth Goergl from Austria. Another Austrian, Nicole Hosp, was 0.3 seconds behind, finishing in third.
Lindsey got in the World Cup finals with a 35 point lead over Austria's Anna Fenninger. After Fenninger had a troubling run to drop into fourth, Lindsey needed a top-15 place to take the title. But "Crystal-Lindsey" just knows full throttle! She went out charging the soft snow and she skied with confidence in springtime conditions, increasing her speed on the bottom to win the crystal globe #18. "It's incredible after being out with two knee operations it is just amazing to be sitting where I am today," said Lindsey after the win. "I'm so proud and happy and I really have to thank the people that supported me and got me back to where I am now."
With her 18th season title of her career Lindsey moved closer to the record of another skiing legend: It leaves her one short of the mark set by Ingemar Stenmark from Sweden, who won 19th World Cup titles. She can tie that record on tomorrow's (Mar. 19.) Super-G race, in which she has a slim lead of 8 points in the Super-G standings over Anna Fenninger. The last Super-G of the season kicks-off at 11:30 local time.
After a cloudy and foggy weekend in Bansko, which led to the postponement of the race on Friday (Feb. 27) and the cancellation of the race of Saturday (Feb. 28), the weather finally relented and skiing conditions were perfect for today's (Mar. 2nd) Super-G.
Lindsey got in the race with bib 20, and she attacked right away. She was a bit unstable on top-almost horizontal on the snow at one point in the top section- but worked to close the half-second gap in the middle of the course. "After a bad day, comes a good day," Lindsey said smiling. "I am happy with my run. I made some mistakes on the top part, but I skied well on the bottom and made up some time. The snow was really good today, they did a great job with the course."
This third place in Bansko tied Lindsey with Renate Goetschl of Austria in second on the list of all-time podium finishes with 110. She needs only three more to overtake Annemarie Moser-Proell as the all-time leader!!
The ladies' FIS World Cup continues in Garmisch-Partenkirchen/GER, with a Downhill on Saturday (Mar. 7) and a Super-G on Sunday (Mar. 8).
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After due to high wind and blowing snow the race was postponed 30 minutes and the start was lowered, Lindsey got in the race with bib 18. She fell behind early in her run as a wind gust standing her up. But she attacked on the bottom of the course, put all her strength to pick up speed in the flatter and raced to take the lead! However, Tina Maze was then the next skier and she beat her by a tenth of a second, Anna Fenninger followed three racers after that and grabbed the gold medal.
"I'm disappointed, but at the same time, I'm happy. A World Championships medal is always a good thing." Lindsey said right after the race.
On Friday (Feb. 6) the Downhill race is on the schedule of the World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek - an other chance for Lindsey to win a medal!
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Lindsey, who enjoyed her fifth season World Cup win with that new triumph - and her thirty-fourth in total since December 2004 - also moved up to 3rd place in the overall classification behind Slovenia's Tina Maze and Fenninger, the last two winners of the big globe in 2013 and 2014.
The American who ended three times on the podium in the four Super-G races held so far this winter - only skiing out in Val d'Isère, France, after clocking the fastest intermediate times - feels now fully ready for the upcoming FIS World Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek that are starting early next week.
"I'm really pleased with my season so far, things went better and faster than I thought when I came back two months ago," the former Olympic champion told the press after the race. "My confidence increased race after race after my first victory at Lake Louise that I didn't expected to happen so early," also said the four-time-overall World Cup champion.
"I think I'm able to push my limits the way I want now. Of course sometimes I run into problems as yesterday in the downhill race, yet I fought even harder today as the run was pretty challenging, especially in the lower part," Lindsey Vonn added. "It's the only way to win races nowadays against all those great athletes who also take great risks skiing down the slope as fast as possible. And it's also the only way I like to race - at full speed, taking great risks. It's so exciting, I enjoy so much to move at my limits, that's why I have been training so hard for in past years."
Very popular in the famous and prestigious Swiss resort where she already celebrated many great wins, Lindsey Vonn is more than proud and happy to be able to fight for more medals in her home town in the coming weeks on the challenging 'Raptor' run at Beaver Creek.
"The slope is so beautiful and challenging, just perfect for me, I can't wait to return there," she explained. "I greatly enjoyed some training runs our team had there earlier this month, the conditions were wonderful. The competitions will be so intense and interesting to watch."
"In 1999, at the previous ski World Championships at Vail, I was a course worker who sometimes had to wake up in the middle of the night to get on the course and help preparing the slope," she recalls, "I of course, was dreaming about racing there once at a major event, and now it's happening. I'm so glad, you can't imagine," she also explained. "It's particularly exciting for any athlete to compete in front of his or her home crowd, the friends and members of the family, and I'm so proud to have reached such a competitive level again. I'll be staying in the team hotel as my house will be full of friends and members of my family. We all will have a great time at Beaver Creek I hope."
"It's one of those fascinating challenges which have so strongly fueled my motivation and my helped me so much in past years keeping on training intensively to get back at the top of my form. The past two years were so difficult but my hard work has paid off, I have been fully rewarded for all those efforts done during the past months. Last weekend was so amazing for me, I was so proud to equal and then break that victories record of Annemarie Moser-Proell. It was very important to me, and now I can fully focus again on my skiing."
A multiple medal winner since the ski World Championships at Are, Sweden, in 2007, including two in gold in the speed events in 2009 at Val d'Isère before capturing Olympic gold at Vancouver in 2010, Lindsey has mostly performed well under pressure at recent major events. She learned a lot finishing twice 4th in downhill and Super-combined in 2005 at Santa Caterina. At the following World Championships, she finished three times on the podium in downhill at Are in 2007, Val d'Isère 2009 and Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2011.
"I was so sad and frustrated at Santa Caterina in 2005, yet I learned a lot at those competitions, my first FIS World Championships," Lindsey explained at the press conference at St. Moritz. "Sometimes I attacked the course too hard as at the 2006 Olympics at Sestriere where I badly crashed in training. I have much more experience now. It helps me a lot to master difficult runs as here today. It's the good side of getting older," also said the American star who suffered her toughest accident at the 2013 Ski Worlds at Schladming, in Austria. She crashed hard there in the middle of her Super-G run while moving once more at her maximum to reach the podium.
Yet Lindsey, who intends to compete racing until the 2018 Olympics in Korea, is also looking forward for the coming seasons - and her possibilities to clinch a fifth overall World Cup title. "I don't have any chance this winter as I don't plan to race in the technical events, yet I feel really strong in giant slalom again. I can imagine be fighting again for the big globe in coming seasons. It would be great and it would mean a lot to me. This season I hope to have a chance to get the downhill globe at the end of the season," also commented the speed specialist who has amassed nearly twenty globes in total in the past seven years.
The entire ski circuit had been aware for a long time of what an exceptional athlete the Minnesota-born Olympic champion was. With her 63rd World Cup victory conquered in Italy in front of her parents Alan and Linda and her boyfriend Tiger Woods who made the trip especially from Floriday during the night, Lindsey Vonn simply made history and is now hoping for her nation to be aware of it.
"America is definitely record centric, hopefully, it will bring more attention to the sport," she told the press afterwards. "It would be good, going into the upcoming World Championships, that it creates more TV interest and more interest with the general public," the American also said after her record victory. "Anyway I try to promote alpine ski racing. I think it's an amazing sport."
Lindsey Vonn, who has been racing for fifteen years on the World Cup tour surely made an amazing contribution to it. With the World Championships at home in Vail and Beaver Creek in two weeks, alpine skiing should at long last receive the credit it only receives in the U.S. every four years for the Winter Olympics.
Oddly enough it is already in Italy that the 14-year-old Lindsey Kildow made her first international impression by winning the Trofeo Topolino, a contest for young ski hopefuls. With a ski-mad father, a successful lawyer who moved the family from the small town of Burnsville and its small ski resort of Buck Hill in Minnesota to Vail, Colorado, in order to develop his daughter's talent, her progression was steady if unspectacular.
Lindsey, a promising 6th in the Olympic combined at Salt Lake City in February 2002 at only 17, made her first mark in slaloms but downhill was always at the back of her mind as her teenage idol was Picabo Street, the 1996 downhill World Champion and 1998 Super-G Olympic gold medalist. Little did the promising young woman know at the time that she would one day surpass her model and be the first US female to clinch the downhill Olympic gold medal in Whistler Mountain in 2010 after grabbing two gold medals at the 2009 Ski Worlds at Val d'Isère, in France.
"When I started racing on the World Cup tour, my goal was to win one race, and I started to believe in my chances after reaching my first podium here in 2004," she commented. "Now I belong to the history of the sport. It's difficult to put into words what it means to me. As a child I was dreaming about becoming once the most successful ski racers ever yet it was just a dream then. It's only when I reached the mark of 50 wins a few years ago that I began to believe in my chances to go for that amazing record of 62 victories."
The 63 mark she achieved on Monday is far from her only record though. Since her first World Cup podium, also in Cortina 11 years ago, Vonn collected a record 17 World Cup globes including four "big ones" for the overall World Cup standings in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Annemarie Moser-Proell captured a total of six overall titles in the 1970s. Lindsey is also one of only five skiers to have won a World Cup events in all five alpine skiing disciplines.
Yet in spite of her constant smile and apparent good humor, Lindsey Vonn has not always had it easy. In 2006, before the Turin Olympic downhill race, she suffered a severe crash that prevented her to train properly before the competition yet she fought hard to defend her chances for a medal on race day. Despite her pains, Lindsey finished a strong 8th . More than once, she suffered spectacular crashes as she mostly moves with great determination while steaming down the World Cup slopes.
The worst was to come in 2013 at Schladming when she fell in the Super-G competition and badly injured her right knee. She had to go through two successive knee operations afterwards, forcing her to skip the 2014 Olympics at Sochi and go thru a one-year break to fully rebuild herself. She trained amazingly hard last summer to get back in shape and recover most of her blistering form from past seasons.
The recovery was as swift as it was impressive as she won only her second race back in the World Cup - in her favorite spot of Lake Louise last December. Two more downhill wins in Val d'Isère and in Cortina on Sunday put the all-time record within reach. And in spite of the pressure of the media constantly referring to that 63rd win, she finally made it.
"I felt no pressure today, I was really loose," she explained after her Super-G race. "I was feeling much better than yesterday because I could fully focus on my skiing. Everybody had been mentioning the record for so long that it definitely puts pressure on you," she added.
And now, what next? "64, I guess! The record was in Annemarie's hands for so long. Thirty-five years is a long time. I hope it stays with me a little while," she answered when asked that question. But Moser-Proell herself is certain much more is coming. "She will improve many more records, including some of mine," the Austrian, now 62, told journalists last Sunday.
Her thrilling performances achieved at Cortina d'Ampezzo will now allow her to perfectly prepare the Worlds at Beaver Creek in two weeks. "It's such a wonderful feeling to compete soon in my home town, it'll be so exciting as my entire family will be there," she said. "It's an amazing chance for an athlete to be able to compete in front of his or her home crowd. I like the courses there a lot, they are really challenging... It's pretty amazing when I think I have been a course worker at Beaver Creek during the 1999 Worlds... I'm so happy - also to know that I'll fight for medals there."
Lindsey has mostly fond memories from the French resort where she captured her first ever gold medals back in 2009 as she dominated the speed events of the FIS Alpine World Championships a few years after having received a very original present in occasion of one of her numerous victories in the famous ski area- a brown cow that she called Olympe and moved later on to Kirchberg, in Austria.
This time again she received an original prize after her downhill win - a one-month-young calf that she called 'Winnie' and that she adored from the first second she saw it. "This is the best prize for winning a race EVER!! I have a new addition to my growing herd...meet "Winnie" my one month old baby calf. #sohappy #mynewcutie #win61 #LiVetheClimb" she happily posted on her Facebook page.
"It's even better because I get a cow," Vonn told the press after the race. "I get a little baby cow, one month old. I have such great memories from Val d'Isère, now adding another great memory today," the smiling skier from Vail added.
"Today was a really good test, I haven't had a lot of mistakes in the races yet, where I really have to put every bit of weight on my knee. Today, I definitely had to do that, and it was perfect," she commented on her victory.
"Lake Louise is a place where I've won so many times that sometimes people automatically assume that I'm going to win there," the American also explained. "This was more for everyone else that they understand that I'm back to what I used to be. I feel like I did a few years ago, when I could make mistakes and still win."
The next day, she was again skiing with great determination in that Super-G when she suddenly caught an edge and lost her balance after her skis violently touched each other when she was skiing over a roll. She tumbled spectacularly yet managed to soon stand-up after a while and reached the finish area by her own means.
Although Lindsey Vonn did no damage to her troublesome right knee injured twice in 2013, she landed heavily on her right elbow.
"I was risking everything and attacking the course," she explained afterwards at the finish line. "That sometimes happens in Super-G, you don't have any training runs and you have just one inspection," Vonn added. "I hit my elbow, somehow funny. I have some ice on it. It's just a little bit swollen but no big deal."
After her victory in Saturday's downhill, the 2010 Olympic Champion was obviously looking for a fourth consecutive podium finish and was a mere one hundredth of a second ahead of Lizzy Georgl's time on the first intermediate check.
"I didn't feel quite as sharp as I normally do, I was a little bit tired, yesterday was a very long day," Lindsey also told the press at the arrival. "I was on the limit and hit some softer snow and lost a little bit of elevation, and then I wasn't able to make the gate," she explained. "The most important thing is my knees are good."
The 30-year-old was for sure trying hard to equal the victory record of Austrian skiing legend Annemarie Moser-Proell who won 62 Worlds Cup events in the 1970s. But now Lindsey rather wishes to focus on her coming races than on that best mark of Annemarie that she personally met a few times including last spring in her home, in occasion of the "Vail Ski Classic" traditionally organized late March in the leading US ski area. At that occasion, the famous Austrian was honored by the community of Vail for her life-time achievements.
"The less I talk about it," Vonn said of the record, "the faster I get there," Lindsey Vonn commented on it with humor.
She needs to wait a few weeks now and hope to excel again at the next speed events planned at Bad Kleinkirchheim, in Austria, where a downhill and a Super-G are scheduled for Jan. 10th -11th - 2015.
After a quick trip by helicopter to Zurich where she attended a sports show on Swiss TV, Lindsey is flying back home to enjoy Christmas with her family and spend some time training on the slope of Vail.
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Ten years after her first ever World Cup win on the Canadian slope and 22 months after suffering an awful knee injury during her crash at Schladming, in Austria, in occasion of the Super-G of the 2013 FIS World Championships, Vonn lead the US Ski Team to its first-ever clean sweep on the World Cup tour a day after claiming a strong 8th place in her first World Cup race for a year.
"This is certainly one of my most emotional days ever, this victory means so much to me," she told the press after having been strongly hugged by her dad Alan Kildow who watched her run from the finish area.
"Honestly a dream came true, it could not have been any better, it really was perfect to have my first win after my knee injuries and be on the podium with two of my teammates - it was really awesome," she also said later on that day.
"I definitely made some good improvement from one day to the other, I am incredibly grateful for what everything what everyone has given to me and helped me going thru this had time, it really was a great day," Vonn added.
The 2010 downhill Olympic champion won her first World Cup competition since January 2013 (her giant slalom triumph) at Maribor, in Slovenia, where she prevailed over the local hero Tina Maze.
"After my good performance from Friday, I was thinking that a podium was not far away, I thought that my skiing was really good yesterday, and made some really good improvements after the three training runs, but I was not 100% sure about having a chance for me to win a race here this weekend, I was not sure being ready yet as I haven't had a lot of speed training, I had a short preparation period and I am just kind into building my way into in, every day it's getting better, " Lindsey also told the press. "I was not really expecting a win but I was definitely hoping for a podium."
"I really feel great right now, I have no restriction on my knee, I don't ice it every day, it doesn't swell, it doesn't hurt the only thing I need to do is to wear that brace under my racing suit when I ski or when I'm in the gym. This is really the only restriction I have at the moment."
"There is not a lot of celebration planned this evening as I'm racing again tomorrow, I guess I'll a glass of Champagne with my teammates and my dad prior to the prize giving ceremony, then I have to focus on another day. Then on Sunday, when I'll get home I guess I'll have an ice-cream with my dog, watch TV and that's pretty much it for this weekend. It's the perfect scenario."
"I made some improvements from Friday. My skiing was there but I didn't feel as aggressive as I normally am in a race. I saw that in the video so I made some adjustment at the second race, trying to stay in a lower tuck, being more aggressive, I put as much effort as I possibly could into it. I knew there were lots of small details upon which I could make some improvements to go faster today and I did that. I also didn't know how the other competitors were going to ski and since many of them were really skiing well it was not so easy to win again as it used to be. It's pretty tough. I was not sure to be super-fast today again. But at the end it was good enough and I was extremely happy to be on the podium with my two teammates. Our team has been skiing extremely well and I was proud to be part of it."
"I definitely think that I shocked a few people around me today. Yesterday a lot of people were genuinely happy for me and they thought it was really a great start of the season for me, but I don't think that anyone there expected me to win today. I could definitely see this on some of the faces of the girls. My teammates know me very well and knew it could be possible and they were really happy for me. Yet as I said earlier today, I don't expect this to happen every time from now on, but it's important to build up my confidence and motivates me for the coming races. I feel a lot better after the win today and I hope to keep the ball rolling and keep improving."
"Regarding that record of 62 World Cup wins of Annemarie Moser-Proell, I think it's more a topic for media, and everyone keeps on asking me about it... It surely is fine as it's a huge milestone in women's racing, but for me right now I'm just focusing on my skiing and improving. We have been talking a lot about it in past years, so I hope that we can stop talking about it and I hope it can happen if I keep on focusing on my skiing and improving. Then the wins would come..."
"Ideally it would be great having a few more wins going into the World Championships it would be nice having this off my shoulders by then and being able to fully focus on the World Championships afterwards and ski my heart out in front of my hometown crowd."
" I don't know Annemarie very well even though we spent some time together a few times now, but I can tell she is a very nice woman, very humble and down-to-earth. The most surprising about her was to find out how easy-going she was, she is very calm, it surprised me a lot, she is very very nice, we had a great conversation and had very nice things to say. She is a wonderful woman."
"I have been thinking about racing next week at Are, but at that point I need to spend more time training speed, so after going back home to Colorado I'll do some more speed training and then head over to Europe hopefully for the next downhill there, possibly at Val d'Isère."
On the last day of racing at Lake Louise, Lindsey reached another podium in Super-G as she finished 2nd in the race won by Switzerland's Lara Gut. It was a promising performance for the racer from Vail who needs more races to progressively approach her limits in that specialty.
"I was a solid day and a phenomenal weekend for me," she told the press after the Canadian competition. "I felt like I was skiing aggressively and was pretty clean on the top, but my timing wasn't quite right. I was late on some turns with my pressure. I carried pretty good speed on the flats, but my timing was off. For all my mistakes, I'm quite happy with second place," the 30-year-old also said.
"I just need a little more training. I'm going back to Vail and training at Beaver Creek and hope to be back in Val d'Isere. I'm a solid podium skier right now, but just need to get my timing back."
"I am so happy with my results this weekend. It was so much more than I had hoped for. I didn't really know what to expect coming in and I kept making improvements every day. I think it was all around a perfect weekend and a perfect way to start the season," the American star also said.
If the weather conditions improve in the coming days, Lindsey Vonn should fight for more good results on the 'OK' course at La Daille, near Val d'Isère, where she celebrated her maiden World Cup victory in Europe ten years ago. Last year, she could not get thru the downhill race there as she re-injured herself at the ligaments of her knee in the final part of her run.
Lindsey cracks Top 10 in her first race!
On Friday (Dec. 5), Lindsey gave her comeback in her „living room" in Lake Louise/CAN and she skied to an impressive 8th place in a time of 1:51:83. Tina Maze from Slovenia won the first downhill of the season in 1:50:58, ahead of Austria's Anna Fenninger and Tina Weireither from Liechtenstein.
Lindsey was performing really well - while a little clumsy and cautious in the gliding sections she usually relishes, she showed her sheer class was intact, even leading the way at the intermediate timing halfway down before faltering near the bottom.
It is a great success considering that this was Lindsey's first competitive ski run since her second right knee surgery in less than a year in January 2014.
"I think I'm ready to go faster now," Lindsey said right after the race. "For the first day back, I think it was a very solid result and I'm definitely happy with it. Every race I'm going to build more and more confidence." And she definitely showed this in her second race...
Lake Louise stays "Lake Lindsey"
On Saturday (Dec. 6), in a second downhill in Lake Louise, Lindsey earned her first World Cup win in nearly two years, an authoritative victory that was the 60th of her World Cup career and her 15th victory in Lake Louise. What an unbelievable comeback!
Lindsey finished in a time of one minute 50.48 seconds, nearly half a second (+0,49) ahead of USA team mate Stacey Cook and another American, Julia Mancuso, in third.
Lindsey charged throughout Saturday's race, absorbing bumps and terrain changes without coming out of her aerodynamic tuck. Lindsey took an aggressive line down the mountain, her hands reaching toward the front of her skis to maximize her speed. Lindsey yelled "Yes!!" after she crossed the line and saw the time that put her into first place, then she fell to the snow in joy
"I fought so hard to be back where I am, at the top of the podium," Lindsey said after her 60th World Cup victory. "It means the world to me, it's just unbelievable. It's like a dream day."
Clinching her 60th World Cup victory, Lindsey is now only two wins short of the all-time record of 62 held by Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell.
Lindsey takes 2nd in Lake Louise Super-G
What a smashing success: Lindsey finished second in a World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise on Sunday (Dec. 7), completing her first weekend of races this year with two podium results.
Lindsey was 0.37 of a second slower than Swiss winner Lara Gut, who finished in a time of 1:18.46 Slovenia's Tina Maze finished third. (+ 0.81)
Lindsey skied aggressively and pretty clean on the top, but her timing wasn't quite right and she was late on some turns. "A solid day and a phenomenal weekend," Lindsey said after the Super-G in Lake Louise.
The women's FIS World Cup continues with Giant Slalom on Friday (Dec. 12) and a Slalom on Saturday (Dec. 13) in Are/ Sweden. The next World Cup women's downhill takes place on Dec. 20-21 in Val d'Isere/France,though a lack of snow may force it to be moved to a different venue.
It's been an arduous journey for Vonn after endless rehab and recovery from two devastating knee injuries. She last raced in a world cup in France, on December 21, 2013, when her knee buckled landing off of a jump.
Prior to that, Vonn had had two ACL injuries in 2013: the first one sustained in a horrific competition crash at the World Ski Championships in Austria in February and the other following a crash during high-speed training in the USA in November which required a second complicated operation in January.
She is grateful for the support she has received from all sides, day in, day out: "Next to my fans, my friends and family have definitely been my biggest support. They helped me when I was down and made me laugh," said Vonn.
Fighting for her comeback, one of her biggest role models was her boyfriend, Tiger Woods. "Tiger is pretty tough. He's an incredibly hard worker. He has been through a lot of injuries in his career, and he has always fought back. He's a huge inspiration for me."
After being in pain for the first two months, Lindsey's left no stone unturned to return to the slopes. "The hardest part of the rehab process was the initial months when I was very limited with what I could do," she remembers. "After that, together with my therapists, we've worked on everything, from balance to strength to plyometrics."
"My leg had nothing left - just skin, no muscle"
"I had to build everything back up from nothing. That took a lot of time and a lot of work - there is pretty much nothing I didn't do," she says. "But I love working hard, I love being in the gym. I love pushing myself."
What really sets Lindsey apart from the others is her unwavering trust in her skills and her deep love for skiing.
She also - quite astonishingly - did not require any help from a mental coach to overcome the memory of the crashes.
"I have never been scared or nervous to come back. Just excited"
"I didn't need anyone's help; I just believe in myself and in the work that I have done. That's enough for me."
The hard times are now over. Back on snow since early October, Vonn's training has progressed steadily. Yet she remains committed to a strategically measured approach to her comeback and opted not to participate in the FIS races at Copper Mountain where most of the international elite took stock of their form.
But with Lindsey's dedication, the results will come. She's happy to be back skiing, and back to racing: "My injury has only made me appreciate my sport and what I do more. I am not nervous to be back skiing. I am just happy and I love what I do. I appreciate every single minute that I have on the slopes," she smiles.
For Lindsey, Lake Louise is a special place - she has already won there a whooping 14 times - 14 good reasons why she chooses this event for her comeback and why the place has been dubbed "Lake Lindsey"...
Watch a first little video from Lindsey in the startgate during the first downhill training in Lake Louise from her Facebook page.
Welcome back Lindsey!
Lindsey started with a technical program to get back her security on skis. It was a step-by-step and cautious approach with different exercises for getting the feel of snow, whereas particular attention was paid to the reactions of her knee. Everybody in Lindsey's team was excited about these crucial days and besides her coaches from the US Ski team, also her physiotherapist Lindsay Winninger as well as Robert Trenkwalder/Head of Athletes Special Projects (ASP) Red Bull with his team were there to support her. This was also the first time that Lindsey trained on skis with the new US snow coaches: So she became acquainted with the new team around her, different measures have been taken and views were exchanged by all her supporters.
Lindsey's training on skis for the first time after such a lengthy layoff went well and as Robert said "Lindsey was happy like a little kid at Christmas, who gets the first skis from Santa Claus".
A week later, Lindsey swapped the Rettenbacher glacier/Austria for the glacier in Saas-Fee/Switzerland for her first training in the gates. These turns on the slopes went very well and Lindsey made great progress. "I've been working on technique, nothing fast, just taking it slow, doing a couple of draws and gates," she said.
The intensive ski training in Sölden and Saas-Fee was completed by physiotherapeutic measures, sessions of physical conditioning as well as fitness tests. After these successful weeks of training preparation in Europe, Lindsey then returned back home to the United States. She will skip the opening World Cup race at Sölden this weekend to work further on her comeback. But Lindsey is aiming to return to the World Cup action in her "living room" Lake Louise/Canada in December, she said "My first race will be in Lake Louise. I have enough time and there is no stress, take it easy".
She explained the situation with her knee, talked about her future career and goals and how she is preparing for her comeback. Then, in connection with several sponsor appointments in Switzerland (Roger Federer Challenge), Lindsey performed the traditional trainings camp at the Alpenresort Schwarz in Mieming/Tirol, which was organized by ASP (Athletes Special Projects) Red Bull, to get ready for the season. Together they worked on her physical fitness, as well as on the rehabilitation and stabilization of her knee. Strength coach and physiotherapist looked after her the whole time during her stay, to optimize a faster and better recovery of her knee. Consistently Lindsey is working very hard on her comeback and hopefully we will see her back on skis soon.
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Obama honoured a team of American golfers who last year defeated an international team to win their fifth straight Presidents Cup, a victory that was clinched by Woods.
"Now last year was the second time I've been honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup. The United States won both times. I'm just saying," Obama quipped during the East Room ceremony as he stood in front of three rows of golfers from both teams, including Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. All were unusually dressed in suits and ties.
Woods' girlfriend was among those looking on in the White House to lend her support, with the 14-time Major winner later admitting that he feeling better than at anytime over the past two years during his lengthy injury lay-off.
"It has been probably a good two years since I've felt this way," he said
"I had good weeks where I felt fantastic, and those were the weeks I actually played well. I won five times last year. And then there were weeks where I just couldn't move. And it started progressively deteriorating from there."
"I'm not used to seeing these guys in suits," Obama cracked.
Obama said he was extraordinarily proud of the Presidents Cup team, including for its contributions to charity.
He said he hoped the team's good fortune would somehow help another the US footballers who face possible World Cup elimination tomorrow.
"We hope our World Cup team takes a page out of their playbook when they take on Germany this Thursday," Obama said.
Kilian won the Boulder Overall World Cup five times and is one of the biggest names in the climbing scene.
So when the Boulder World Cup took place in Lindsey's hometown Vail, Lindsey interrupted her rehab training with Athletes Special Projects (ASP) Red Bull, which was on there at the same time for taking the chance to meet up with Kilian - and to share the thrill of this competition with him.
Although Kilian has shown a solid performance, he didn't make it to the podium and finished fifth.
Still Lindsey and Kilian had a good time together at the BWC in Vail, as you can see obviously on their picture.
It's a great pleasure that Lindsey is taking part in this global adventure even though she is injured.
Lindsey is working hard every day in her rehab, she never gives up and as an ambassador for Wings for Life, the Wings for Life World Run is truly close to her heart!
With her posting on Facebook Lindsey wants to share her excitement with you, thus hopes that a lot of you will also register for the Wings for Life World Run - and that you run together for those who can't!
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Since 1983 the Vail Valley Foundation organizes the „Legend of Honor" award every year to recognize an outstanding individual or group that has had a profound impact on the sport of skiing and ski racing throughout the course of their career.
Annemarie Moser-Pröll dominated the ski races during the seventies with six Overall World Cup titles, six World Championship medals, three Olympic medals and she made it up to 62 World Cup victories. Lindsey now sits at 59 victories - that means only three victories away from Annemarie's record.
Vonn, who had staged a comeback in December with an impressive fifth place finish in the opening Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G in Lake Louise, felt that a subsequent racing injury in Val d'Isere, France from Dec. 21 made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready to safely ski again next month.
Vonn will undergo surgery shortly so that she has sufficient time for recovery with a focus on the February, 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at her home in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO, as well as the World Cup season.
Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who had a successful return to racing this past weekend in Lake Louise finishing fifth in super G, will skip this weekend in St. Moritz but is planning to compete in the Dec. 21 downhill in Val d'Isere, where she has won the event three times in the past. Vonn is expected to compete in selected World Cup events leading up to Sochi.
Lindsey knows the slope really well; she won 14 competitions in Lake Louise and not for nothing the course's nickname is "Lake Lindsey". Lindsey was performing really well and showed more progress in today's race! Despite some slight mistakes she came down the hill with a far more attacking as well as confident style than on Friday and Saturday. And that resulted in a fantastic 5th place! Right after the race she said "a huge step in the right direction - a perfect way to end the weekend. I have a lot of self-confidence now. Every day I got more and more aggressive, more confident and I feel great. I know I can win again."
This weekend was an excellent comeback to competitive skiing for Lindsey - and what a superb record of success: on Friday Lindsey was placed 40th (3.19 seconds behind the winner), she was improving on Saturday - she finished 11th (1.26 seconds behind the winner) where on Sunday she was already cracking the Top 5 and was ranked 5th (0.85 seconds behind the winner)!
The ladies' FIS Word Cup continues in St. Moritz/Switzerland, with a Super-G on Saturday (Dec. 14) and a Giant Slalom on Sunday (Dec. 15).
It's a superb result considering that it was her second race after her knee surgery in February 2013 and her re-injury after a fall during practice in Vail/Colorado. She got in the race with bib 18, attacked from beginning on and briefly had the green light for the fastest split, beating Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein at that point. Lindsey gave up time on the bottom section of the course but was still risking a lot - and it paid off.
Lindsey made major strides in the less than 24 hours between her first two races. Right after the race Lindsey said she felt "much more like myself" in this second comeback race and she is very happy with her performance.
The ladies' FIS World Cup continues in Lake Louise tomorrow - the Super G starts at 11 A.M. local time.
It was Lindsey's first competitive ski run since her tremendous knee injury at the World Championships in Schladming in February 2013 - and just two weeks after re-injuring her surgically repaired right knee at a training run in Vail. The start of the race had been delayed by hazy clouds and extremely cold temperatures. (around minus 36°C). Lindsey got in the race with bib 18, she started really confident but skied conservatively by her standards. However, no matter that her time was not among the top 25, Lindsey was just thrilled to be back in the World Cup.
It was a landmark moment for Lindsey and it was a very positive stride for Lindsey in preparation for further races and Sochi 2014.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Lindsey will take part at the second downhill race in Lake Louise, kick-off is at 12:30 local time.
Thousands of runners will set off on May 4, 2014 at 10 AM UTC (6 AM ET/3 AM PT) along routes in varying daylight and weather conditions. While it will be early morning in the four USA locations - Santa Clarita, Calif.; Sunrise, Fla.; Denver, Col.; and Atlantic City, NJ - competitors in Germany will set off at midday while those in Taiwan will start at 6 PM local time.
Among other sporting heroes who have volunteered as event ambassadors, like windsurfing icon Robby Naish, ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, also Lindsey is part of it! "I'm inspired by the Wings for Life World Run and what they are trying to accomplish, which is finding a cure for spinal cord injuries," said Vonn. "This is an opportunity for everyone to be part of a global race - and run for those who can't."
It is estimated that 3,000,000 people worldwide are living with a spinal cord injury. Every year 130,000 more sustain a spinal cord injury, followed by paralysis -the main cause being traffic accidents. The advances in research are largely based on private initiatives. Being a non-profit organization based in Austria, the Wings for Life Foundation relies on support and donations to help fund this research. Wings for Life is set up to ensure that a guaranteed 100% of all donations it receives are used exclusively for promising research projects. The mission is clear: to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
Registration is Open
Those wanting to take part on May 4, 2014 have until midnight (UTC) on Sunday, April 20, 2014 to register for one of the runs via www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com. However, participation per race is limited so interested entrants will want to register soon. Also, runners can take advantage of early window pricing until December 1.
As the official global producer of the Wings for Life World Run, Red Bull ensures all money collected by the runs and via the European Merchant Services (EMS) payment systems will go to the Wings for Life foundation.
By running you will not only be part of a truly revolutionary global sporting event, but you will join the race to find a cure for spinal cord injury!
Exactly 100 days before the start of the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi the infamous Times Square in New York was transformed into a winter sports wonderland, with a ski and snowboard ramp and an ice rink.
A three-block section was closed off for sport demonstrations, meet-and-greet autograph sessions for school children, fans and journalists.
And Lindsey wasn't just a part of it - she introduced a special performance by Garvin DeGraw and therewith she surprised the whole crowd.
"My training camp in Soelden went very well and I made great progress, but I feel that I need more training before I start racing again...which means the Soelden race is not in the cards this year," Vonn posted on her Facebook page this morning.
"Patience is not my strong suit so not racing is very hard for me but it will only make me more excited for the next one. I will go home to Vail and continue my preparation for the Beacer Creek races and my ultimate goal in February! Thanks for the support everyone," also added the 29-year-old American, a winner here two years ago.
The four-time Overall World Cup champion, who suffered a major knee injury last February during a crash in the Super-G race at the 2013 FIS World Championships at Schladming, returned on snow last summer at Portillo, Chile, and made very quick progresses afterwards.
Vonn has been intensively training on snow in the past week at Soelden and was even considering competing in the giant slalom race hold on the treacherous Rettenbacher glacier situated above the Tyrolian resort. Yet two days before the closing of the entry list, the racer from Vail decided to wait another month before racing again on the circuit.
Her main goal in this comeback season is the recover most of her potential in time for the Winter Olympics at Sochi, in Russia. She is the defending Olympic champion in downhill.
Red Bull has initiated this cooking session as this will be part of the "Red Bull Athleten-Kochbuch" - in which other athletes such as Aksel Lund Svindal, David Lama, Mark Webber, etc. present also their favorite dishes.
Lindsey chose to make a "Linzer Torte", that's a traditional Austrian cake and following the instructions from Roland Trettl, Lindsey prepared the cake. But on top of that, Lindsey spontaneously had the idea of also baking some all-American Banana Bread. So, no sooner said than done! Within a short time all necessary ingredients were put together and a delicious Banana Bread was baked. And Roland Trettl was really surprised of Lindsey's Banana Bread, so he had to admit that Lindsey clearly won this "duel" . Obviously it was a great and fun cooking session, please find also some pictures of it on this website.
The first week included mainly regenerative training and during that Lindsey was supported by the ASP Red Bull Coaches Martin and Patrick. Lindsey had some problems to go back to the training routine, but after the first week she got used to the daily rhythm and she felt better, stronger and more motivated every day. The program of the second week contained cycling in the Alps, endurance and coordination training. Lindsey used her stay in Austria for an appearance in the show "Sport und Talk aus dem Hangar 7" in Salzburg, where she talked about the regeneration process, her comeback and her goal to rock Sochi 2014! In Salzburg she did some cooking too. She cooked with the executive star chef of the restaurant "Ikarus" at the Hangar 7, Roland Trettl, and prepared something very special for the Red Bull Athletes' cookbook.
Back home in the USA, Lindsey continued her rehab- and training program. In Vail she had a special preparation with her ASP-Red Bull Fitness coach Martin for her comeback. This special training was located in Vail as it is on such a high sea level (2445m) and that prepared Lindsey ideally, so that she was ready for the snow in Chile - 2880 meters above sea level.
Moreover, Lindsey's doctor Bill Sterett did the last checkup and gave her his OK! So nothing stood in the way for her first day back on snow on September 1. This was also the first time that Lindsey trained with the US team again. But of course she had her own training program with the US Ski trainers and the entire ASP-Red Bull coaches.
Everyone was excited; not just Lindsey but her whole team including the coaches. She started to ski slowly with some technical exercises so she could get back her security and the acclimatization with the snow. Lindsey was lucky because the snow and the conditions in Chile were really good for her first time back on skies. It was snowing a little bit so the slopes weren't hard as last year and Lindsey felt just great. She didn't feel any pain "I can't tell which knee is injured", she said and so she could finish her days on snow without any problems. The coaches are really positive about her comeback but her way back, to where she was, is long and hard. In Chile weren't just the coaches that accompanied her. There was also a big American TV channel that works in cooperation with the Red Bull Mediahouse and they documented every step of her comeback...so be ready for surprises!
The awards ceremony is set to air August 11 and at the event all winners will receive surfboards in categories like "Choice Movie Comedy", "Choice TV Show: Drama" along with a range of various other categories.
If you're between 13-19 years, you can vote once each day, so please visit www.teenchoiceawards.com! And let's keep our fingers crossed for Lindsey :-)
The other categories of titans, leaders, artists, pioneers included names such as President Obama, Jay Z, Jennifer Lawrence and Pope Francis. Along with Vonn, the other names from the sports world were soccer player Mario Balotelli, tennis player Li Na, NBA player LeBron James and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart.
Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup winner, earned a place on the list despite a severe knee injury in February that ended her most recent season. She gained recent mainstream attention when she started dating golfer Tiger Woods. Although Woods was named to the list in 2009, he was not included in the 2013 picks.
The magazine enlists another prominent person to write the bio for each selection. Auto racer Danica Patrick wrote Vonn's profile. "We can relate to each other because our sports are so similar, given the speed involved and the concentration level required," Patrick wrote. "There's an immediate level of respect when you meet someone who knows what you go through."
This season was quite tough for Lindsey, it ended yet too early after her horrible accident at the World Championships in Schladming/Austria and consequently she missed the last two events. But still, when Lindsey was racing the downhill courses in North America and Europe this winter, she was able to show a great performance and her strength in this discipline: She won 3 races (2 in Lake Louise/Canada, 1 in Cortina d'Ampezzo/Italy) and together with her 6th place at the downhill in St. Anton, she reached a total of 340 points in the downhill standings - which lead Lindsey to her sixth World Cup Downhill title!
Despite a slight mistake in the upper part of the second run, Lindsey was able to correct it immediately and perfectly well. And just when it looks like Lindsey is fast, she kicks in the turbo speed! So she crushed once more the rest of the field to claim her first GS win this season - and her 59th World Cup victory in total!
Lindsey said happily after her victory "I don't know what to say. I skied well the first run, but I didn't ski the bottom very well and in the second run I just said 'ok, it's all or nothing, I have to go for it.' I definitely made some mistakes but to have my first win in GS since last year is perfect. When I made that mistake, I thought I wasn't going to finish. I was like 'no, not again' because three years ago I was in second place and I crashed three gates from the finish and I didn't want to have that happen again." (source: ussa.org).
The World Cup continues tomorrow with a slalom in Maribor/Slovenia.
Lindsey produces a stunning run and even though she's made a mistake in the middle section of the course, she quickly recovered to stay on the icy course. With an extraordinary line to the finish Lindsey showed yet another time her brilliancy and strength in downhill races. Thus, it was a very successful comeback for Lindsey after taking a break due to her health problems in November.
The women's FIS Alpine World Cup continues with a Super-G tomorrow in Cortina.
"The resort is beautiful and I like the course there a lot, in one of the very steep part we are reaching speeds over 140 km/h, it really exciting for the speed skiers," she explained last week-end at St. Anton where she achieved a promising comeback after her three-week-long break at home, finishing 6th in downhill and 4th in Super-G, only a mere 1/100 from the podium.
"I just hope to weather conditions will be fine there, I heard it'll be going to snow this week. I rather race on fast and challenging courses," the skier from Vail added. "I really enjoyed coming back on the World Cup tour, I have been missing the adrenaline a lot, it's just so much fun skiing as fast as possible on a nice race course," Lindsey also said.
"I have not been home for Christmas in the last eleven years, so I really appreciated this time to be with my family and friends in Colorado. I was able to recover most of my energy and my form there. I didn't ski as well as I wanted here in St. Anton, yet I know where I made those mistakes and what I need to improve. I was disappointed to lose the podium in Super-G for a single one hundredth of a second, yet I feel it's coming back."
Last month, Lindsey achieved an amazing comeback at Lake Louise following her health problems early November. She celebrated her second 'Hat-Trick' in the Canadian event and went on winning the Super-G at St. Moritz but obviously she may need more time this time to return at the top after that second pause as her toughest rivals kept their racing rhythm in the meantime.
"It's a matter to put all the pieces together again and recover my racing mode," she also told the press. "The most important for me is that I feel well and that I'm really happy to be back. I'm looking again to ski very fast in the coming weeks."
After Tina Maze's maiden victory in Super-G, it has become complicated for Lindsey to aim for a fifth Overall World Cup title this year with only eight speed events and one combined left towards seven technical races. "Tina has been on a roll this season with top results in all disciplines," Lindsey said at St. Anton. She is clearly running away with the Overall and it's cool to watch. It's great for the sport and I'm happy for her."
Yet the double World Champion from Val d'Isère 2009 certainly aims for more highlights this season at the up-coming medal events at Schladming where she will be aiming for podium finishes in the speed events and in combined. She is also 'only' five wins away from Austria's skiing legend Annemarie Moser-Proell amazing record of 62 career victories on the World Cup tour.
Lindsey tore down the course and mastered the technically challenging part excellent, including a broad jump at the "Eisfall" section. Thus, she was going for her third World Cup Super-G win this season but at the end she missed the podium by only 0.01 seconds. After the race Lindsey said "I was a little disappointed to be one hundredth off the podium. But it was a solid performance. I definitely know where I can make up the time. On the bottom of the course I was a little passive. I wasn't quite as clean as I should have been on some of the left footed turns. But in general my skiing was solid, I'm right there. I just need to be a little bit more aggressive. I'm excited to race in Cortina. This weekend every day was better building my confidence back up. Cortina is a place where I've had success in the past. I think by the time I get there I'll be in a position to get back on the podium."
The race weekend in St. Anton went well for Lindsey; her comeback was a solid performance - and the form curve obviously points upwards. Now the World Cup heads to Flachau/Austria for a night slalom on Tuesday. However, Lindsey will not take part as she is concentrating on the weekend of speed racing in Cortina/Italy.
At her comeback race in St. Anton Lindsey showed a solid performance and finished 6th in 1:14:96 (ex aequo Dominique Gisin/SUI). Lindsey's team-mate Alice McKennis won the race, 0.07 ahead of Daniela Merighetti (ITA) and Anna Fenninger (AUT) was ranked 3rd, 0.16 behind.
It has been a challenging downhill and due to the extreme amount of fresh snow the start on the "Karl Schranz" piste was shortened to the Super-G start. But the freshly-fallen snow also allowed the ladies to race on a much less bumpy slope than in the (only) training two days ago.
For Lindsey it was a successful return to the Worldcup and she was happy with the overall result "I've made a mistake in the upper part", Lindsey said (source: orf) "the snow has been soft and it was quite hard to stay in the track. I've not been the fastest one today but instead Alice has won. I'm very happy for her, our team is in an excellent form. And I'm happy about being back in the Worldcup. I have made a good run and tomorrow, at the Super-G, it will go perhaps a bit better."
After the race Lindsey said "I was definitely disappointed after yesterday's race. I skied too conservatively in the Super G and didn't really have anything going on in slalom. Today I came out charging, I knew that it was going to be really difficult to win. The other girls are skiing so well, Tina and Julia and Maria. It has been a tight field in Super G. I'm definitely going to have to fight hard. The way Tina has been skiing is really great for the sport. I have a lot of respect for her and she is obviously skiing well in all five events. I'm only skiing well at the moment in Downhill and Super G." (source: www.ussa.org).
At yesterday's Super Combined Lindsey was fourth in the Super G portion but then skied out in the Slalom and did not finish. The women's races will continue tomorrow with a Giant Slalom.
As the rest of the field, Vonn had to battle difficult weather and course conditions. It has been another day of snow flurries and flat light, making the Super-G course even tougher. "I'm just shattered, I'm running on low battery," said Lindsey Vonn after her run. She is now in 3rd place in the general classification with 310 points, 87 behind Slovenia's Tina Maze.
56 wins for Vonn.
With a new total of 56 victories, the four times Overall World Cup champion is now the second most successful female skier in history behind Austrian skiing legend Annemarie Moser-Proell, whose record of 62 wins set from 1970 to 1980 is now in serious jeopardy. Moser-Proell also clinched a total of six Overall titles during her brilliant career as well as several gold medals at World Championships and Olympics.
But the 2010 downhill Olympic champion could already claim to have won more actual races than the legendary Austrian, whose record included seven 'classical' combined 'paper event', which at the time were mere simple 'FIS-points' additions of a downhill and a slalom held separately and not specific events as the actual Super-combined. Vonn captured five of them in past years.
So far, the skier from Vail already has accumulated a total of 100 World Cup podiums - only 15 away from Moser-Proell.
Interestingly enough, Lindsey did not have an ideal preparation for the weekend, suffering previously from a stomach bug which weakened her earlier in November. She explained at Lake Louise that she would have to save energy this season to focus on her main goals.
A hard season for the favorites.
"It's going to be a hard-fought season because Tina is really motivated and she can score points in every event as Maria," said the American, who added she considered skipping a number of slaloms this winter, including the so-called 'City-Events' held in Munich and Moscow. "I first need to stay very focused throughout the next weeks to find back my best form, I'm so tired now and there are now many tough races coming up in Europe."
"At least, this weekend was a huge boost for my confidence. I was definitely feeling extremely low after being in the hospital and my poor result in Aspen. But I knew if there was a place to turn it around it was Lake Louise where I feel so comfortable. Now I just tried to get myself every opportunity to rest and recover for the races this weekend. Every athlete has their favorite hill where they feel confident and comfortable. I know this hill like the back of my hand and have confidence knowing I have won here in the past," she also commented.
After her new show of strength in Canada, the question of whether Vonn should be allowed to race with the men remains. Swiss coach Hans Flatscher jokingly said there was an excellent reason to let her compete in the men's ranks in the future.
"This way," he said, "there will be three extra available places on the podium in Lake Louise including the one at the top," the Swiss coach said.
The World Cup circuit returns to Europe next weekend with a Super-combined, a Super-G and giant slalom scheduled in St Moritz, Switzerland.
Lindsey finished in 1:22:82 to edge Julia Mancuso by 0.43 and Anna Fenninger (AUT) was third in 1:23:27. Again Lindsey has shown her excellence and with 56 victories she is now the most successful skier in the history behind Annemarie Moser-Pröll (62 victories). And Lindsey not only extended her win streak on the Canadian Rockies course to seven but she also became the first woman to sweep all three races twice at Lake Louise!
The World Cup circuit returns to Europe next weekend with the races in St. Moritz.
Despite a mistake in the upper section of the race, Lindsey put the hammer down in 1:52:90 and left her nearest rival, fellow American Stacey Cook a 0.52 seconds adrift, while Switzerland's Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden was ranked third.
Her victory in today's downhill marked her 55th victory ever and thus she has tied retired Swiss racer Vreni Schneider (55 career wins). Only one woman has ever won more - Austria's Annemarie Moser-Pröll with 62 victories.
She crossed the finish line at 1:52:61 and won incredible 1.73 seconds ahead of her team-mate Stacey Cook, whereas Tina Weirather (LIE) and Maria Höfl-Riesch (GER) were ranked third (ex aequo). During the entire race there have been quite unsteady weather conditions but Lindsey crushed the course! It has been an impressive and grandiose comeback for Lindsey after struggling with being in bad health. So it was definitely Lindsey's day!
And in the first race Tina Maze (SLO) finished .9 seconds ahead of runner-up Kathrin Zettel (AUT) and 1.54 seconds faster than third-place finisher Viktoria Rebensburg (GER). Lindsey put up a solid race and came in 21st overall. And after struggling with her sickness it was really fantastic that she was able to complete.
When Lindsey crossed the finish-line she laid down in the snow - exhausted but happy about finishing. "I'm tired but I thought I actually skied really well. Considering everything, I thought it was a great run" Lindsey told the New Zealand Herald and added "I just have to stay positive and keep building".
Lindsey didn't compete in yesterday's slalom race as she has been travelling to Lake Louise already to recover from the plenty training sessions and to focus now on the preparation for the next speed races that will take place there.
On the US Ski Team website Lindsey said "That was definitely not the game plan. In the first run, I felt like I skied solid, but didn't risk enough. I was a little bit too conservative on the pitch. In general I'm happy with my position on my skis and the way I'm skiing. I just didn't execute the way I was hoping to today. Second run I was trying as hard as I could to make up two and a half seconds, which is tough to do, and I got my arm caught on a gate. Visibility was really bad today. I think five of the top 10 went out. Last year was definitely a surprise for me to win here in Soelden. But with the new skis this year, I didn't know what to expect. Training had been going really well and I just didn't execute it today. I have to fight harder than I did today - lesson learned. I'm happy and I'm just going to try and get ready for the next races. "
By now Lindsey is heading back to the States and gets ready for the season's next races.
You'd better start practicing.
Vonn, who lives in Vail, is going to take on all comers on behalf of Vail Resorts. I've mentioned their very successful social media effort, EpicMix, here before. By using ski passes that are read by scanners at every lift, at all but one of their seven resorts (Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Vail and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar-at-Tahoe in California - Kirkwood is still being brought online), skiers can track and compare stats such as number of runs, vertical feet skied, days skied and much, much more online. Awards are given virtually for various feats, and the program has encouraged the more competitive season pass holders and locals to engage in a heated battle for bragging rights over various measures of physical achievement.
This coming winter will be the third iteration of EpicMix - EpicMix Racing. This pits real skiers against a real Lindsey Vonn, virtually - and in the flesh. If you ever wondered how you'd stack up against the likes of an all time great ski racer, it's time to find out. The new feature takes on-mountain results of ski racing from ticket holders and compares this to the performance of Vonn, enabling it to be shared on social media. If you are not too embarrassed.
Ski legend Lindsey Vonn when she is not beating up on recreational skiers.
But it's not all virtual. As part of the initiative, Vail resorts has created the Lindsey Vonn Race Series, in which all skiers and riders who participate online will be ranked based on their best 10 races of the season. The top racers from across the six resorts will then be invited to a grand finale event in April 2012, hosted by Vonn, on the Birds of Prey World Cup Course at Beaver Creek, CO. This is the only recurring annual World Cup downhill in the U.S. (I've skied the course, think fast!). Vonn also will provide race tips throughout the season, which will be featured on the web and mobile applications.
Here's how it works: Vonn will set the pace for the season of EpicMix racing at the U.S. Ski Team training event at Vail Mountain in early November 2012. Then self-operated courses will be open on intermediate slopes at all Vail resorts except Kirkwood (being added the following year) all winter long. After each run you take, Epic Mix will adjust each racer's time for age, gender and discipline and compare that to the time set by Lindsey Vonn. Anyone, of any age, who completes 10 races is eligible, and the best performers go to Beaver Creek to try to beat Vonn in person.
Good luck and pray for snow!
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Midway through its second week of training in New Zealand, the women's U.S. Alpine Ski Team reported excellent progress and training conditions at Mt. Hutt.
Attending athletes include Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) along with World Cup podium finisher Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO).
Also on snow are the nation's points leading women's downhill team of Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH), Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) and Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO).
The camp was originally scheduled for Coronet Peak, but was shifted to Mt. Hutt due to challenging snow conditions on the southern part of the island.
The camp is focused on giant slalom and slalom along with equipment testing for the upcoming Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season which opens Oct. 27-28 in Soelden, Austria.
Alex Hoedlmoser, Head Coach
The weather has been a challenge, but our athletes are motivated and completely focused on what they came to New Zealand to accomplish.
It's unfortunate we haven't been able to utilize the terrain at Coronet Peak yet, but Mt. Hutt has totally been taking care of us. The snow is hard, slick and is actually great conditions for testing equipment and working on fundamentals.
The training has been great at Mt. Hutt. I've been able to get in the training I needed and feel really comfortable with my preparation at this point in the year.
The snow is rock hard and it has been consistent every day. It is a bit rocky getting to the course, but we have dealt with that before. We have had a really good progression in our program and our team is really building in giant slalom, which directly relates to more speed in downhill and super G.
The surface has been really good and we have experienced some race-like conditions. I have been focused on giant slalom and figuring out the new equipment as have the other girls. So far I like the new stuff, takes a lot more effort to make the skis turn and they are less forgiving but we are adapting to them quickly.
Vonn's 2010 victory was the first time a snow sports athlete had won the top honor in the ESPY history. Her 2012 season included a record 12 World Cup wins en route to her fourth Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall title in addition to her fifth straight downhill crown, fourth super G title and third consecutive super combined globe to bring her career total to 16. She also reset the women's all time World Cup point total record to 1,980, falling just 20 points shy of Hermann Maier's men's record.
Among women's racers, Vonn stands behind only the all-time World Cup win marks of Annemarie Moser-Proell's 62 and Vreni Schneider's 55. Among men, she's only shy of Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Maier (54).
Clark, one of only a few women's riders who can land a 1080 in competition, has been nominated for the 2012 ESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. She produced a near-perfect season that included an unprecedented 16-event winning streak including victories at the Aspen and European X Games.
Clark paved the way for snowboarding in 2002 when she became the first athlete to win the ESPY for Best Action Sports Athlete after winning the Olympic gold medal for halfpipe.
Anderson is also nominated for the 2012 ESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. A slopestyle pioneer, Anderson produced eight podiums last winter including gold in both the Aspen and European X Games. She also posted a clean sweep of the Burton Open series with wins in the U.S., Europe and Canada.
Slopestyle snowboarding will make its debut at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where Anderson is looking to secure gold.
White is nominated for the 2012 ESPY Award for Best Male Action Sports Athlete. Last winter, he became the first snowboarder to receive a perfect score of 100 to secure a halfpipe gold medal at the Aspen X Games. White also won gold in the European X Games slopestyle event. He has won this category six times, including every year since 2008.
Vote for your favorite snow sports star now at http://espn.go.com/espys/. Voting closes July 9 at midnight ET.
"I can't believe that it is already our fifth year of raising money for charity with this golf tournament. I am so grateful to everybody that supports the Sheckler Foundation, and gives us the ability to continue to help kids and injured action sports athletes," said Ryan Sheckler.
The winners on both the hole-in-one and longest putt contests made this the luckiest tournament in Trump National Golf Club history! Eero Niemela won $25,000 in the hole-in-one jackpot, and Mike Smith's flawless long putt earned him $10,000. Ryan Sheckler matched the long putt contest purse and donated an additional $10,000 to Mike Smith's Skate for Change charity.
The Helicopter Ball Drop is a hit every year, and this year Rancho Palos Verdes' own Jason Ditto had luck on his side when his ball rolled into the hole. He decided to put the $5,000 he won toward building a skatepark here in Rancho Palos Verdes. From the day's golf tournament, Jim Carol, Mike Smith, Ken Messick and Sean Shahi took the victory.
The golfers' were given a sneak peek at the new Nitro Circus The Movie 3D trailer, which features Andy Bell and Travis Pastrana. Check out the movie's trailer for yourself here: Nitro Circus The Movie 3D trailer.
History was made today at the Ryan Sheckler X Games Celebrity Golf Tournament, and if you weren't here you missed it. The event has been getting bigger and better every year so plan on attending next year.
The point of this event was to raise money for the Sheckler Foundation's "Be the Change" project. This project empowered everyone to nominate something to positively affect the lives of children or injured action sports athletes. You can go to the ShecklerFoundation.org site to see how this project is helping the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe "Be The Change" they want to see.
About The Sheckler Foundation: The Sheckler Foundation was founded as an avenue for Ryan Sheckler, his family, friends and business associates to give back to the community and industry that they are so grateful for. It is his ultimate desire to contribute to the many causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children. It is also his desire to support and fund programs that help injured action sports athletes. To achieve these goals, Ryan will use his influence to raise capital. The money raised will be used to fund medical research that focuses on curing childhood disease, spinal cord injuries and enrichment programs for children in underprivileged communities. (SOURCE: Sheckler Foundation)
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In July, the brand will debut the "This is How We Run" marketing campaign. Created in conjunction with award-winning advertising agency CP + B, the multifaceted campaign will include a :30-second broadcast spot and an extended :60-second online version, digital media, in-store and billboard inventory, as well as support on various social media channels. In addition to Brady, Walker and Vonn, 2011 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Cam Newton and standout Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Julio Jones will be featured in the campaign's creative executions.