Lindsey Vonn World Cup diary

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 19, 2010 12:54 pm

Hey, check this out from the Denver Post:

Vail’s Lindsey Vonn, a two-time World Cup overall champion, reports regularly from the tour in collaboration with Denver Post ski writer John Meyer.

KAPRUN-ZELL AM SEE, Austria — I did my last photo shoot before the Vancouver Olympics on Monday. It was pretty quick as photo shoots go, about two hours. Whatever requests we accept, they have to be really short shoots that don’t take up too much of my time, because I need my rest.

We only do the most important stuff during the season, major national publications like Sports Illustrated and The New York Times. I don’t want to be doing too many photo shoots and then get run down for skiing.

I want to try to promote the sport as much as I can, if I can, as long as people are willing to keep it short and sweet. That way I still have time to rest or train, whichever I need most.

It wasn’t a good week for me on the World Cup, not getting a result in giant slalom and two slaloms. It was a crazy week. We raced downhill the previous Sunday, had one day off — which I used to train slalom — and then had a Tuesday slalom.

I had Wednesday off, but Thursday and Friday I did double training sessions of GS and slalom, followed by races in Maribor on Saturday and Sunday. Maybe that’s why I’ve been coming down with a cold the past couple of days. I felt like my energy wasn’t there.

I skied well in the Maribor GS, but the slalom, I just had nothing. I was trying, but if you watch the video you can see there’s no power, there’s no agility. It’s just skiiing, pretty lifeless. That’s pretty much how I felt Sunday.

Fortunately Monday and today are pretty much complete off days, except for Monday’s photo shoot, and that didn’t take much energy.

I’m really excited about this weekend’s speed races in Cortina. As disappointing as the slalom and giant slalom races have been this year, they’re almost finished, and we have a lot more downhill and super-G races left.

I’ve only finished one GS this season and three of seven slaloms, but I’m still right there in the overall standings, second to Maria Riesch by only 28 points. That’s pretty positive, all things considered.