Lindsey Vonn gets 9th at Rettenbach

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on October 24, 2009 7:19 am

America’s skiing beauty/sweetheart Lindsey Vonn had some troubles with the icy conditions at the Giant Slalom in Rettenbach today.  Known as Glacier Stadium, Rettenbach in Soelden, Austria is one of the steepest courses on the Women’s ski curcuit and today had very tough conditions with 5 inches of fresh snow over a lot of ice and crud.

Vonn was quoted as saying “Everybody had a difficult time this morning on the various different kinds of ice.  It was really hard to get a feeling for the snow and the terrain.”  Vonn skied the top of the course extremely well and looked like she could be a contender for the win in front of nearly 12,000 screaming fans, but she had trouble with the middle of the course and lost a lot of time.

Vonn has not won a Giant Slalom to date, which only means “look out” as the tenacious skier doesn’t lose a lot of challenges.  Fellow US Ski Team partner Julia Mancuso who is the Olympic GS Champion had a fall on the course but sustained no serious injury.

This weekend the US Ski Team is having a fundraiser in Los Angeles after with Jonny Moseley, Pamela Anderson and many stars of the US Ski and Snowboard teams where they are bringing in many tons of snow.  The US Ski Team has had a tremendous fundraising season with successfull stops in Boston and San Francisco in the last few weeks.  Sunday’s event will likely be star-studded and will raise a lot of money as well.    One auction item is an autographed limited edition Shaun White Red Bull helmet.