Vonn Closes Out Downhill Season With 82nd Win
For the 82nd time in her illustrious career, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) stood atop a World Cup podium after winning the downhill at the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden Wednesday. Best of all, she shared the podium with her teammate, Alice McKennis (New Castle, Colo.), who finished third.
Although she came up just short of her ninth World Cup downhill title, Vonn did win the last four downhill events of the season. Italy’s Sofia Goggia, who won two of the eight downhills this season, finished second Wednesday and just nipped Vonn for the downhill title by three points.
“I’m really happy to close out the season with a win, and I’m sure (Sofia) is very excited to have the title,” Vonn said. “Sofia always gives it 110 percent and sometimes she wins, and sometimes she crashes. I feel like she is very similar to myself. We have a great deal of respect for each other and it’s been fun to compete with her this year.”
For McKennis, it was her first trip to the podium since 2013 when she won the downhill in St. Anton, Austria.
“It’s been a while,” McKennis said. “I’m so stoked! It’s been a journey to get here again and to be on the podium again is amazing.”
Wednesday’s race started from the lower start position after the morning training run was canceled due to fog and snow, but that didn’t stop Vonn from nailing her line on the course that will host the 2019 World Championships.
“I don’t think we’ve ever raced from very high up,” Vonn said. “There has always been the problem of fog and wind, so I definitely think that will be a determining factor in the World Championships next year.”
Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho) finished eighth.
Bennett 24th in Men’s Downhill
Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) didn’t put down the result he was hoping for, finishing 24th in Wednesday’s World Cup Finals downhill in Are, Sweden.
Austria swept the top two podium spots with Matthias Mayer and Vincent Kriechmayr going 1-2. Beat Feuz of Switzerland was third and wrapped up the downhill World Cup title.
Up next, the men and women compete in super-G Thursday in Are.