Lindsey Vonn and others criticize Olympic downhill ski course

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 15, 2010 4:18 pm

After today’s training runs in Whistler, BC, many of the women Olympic alpine skiers appear less than thrilled with the condition of the course. Lindsey Vonn was one of the most vocal about the status of the course, revealing her shock at its lack of smoothness and jarring nature.

“It’s tough. I honestly was expecting it to be a little bit better than it was…the course here is just so bumpy,” she told reporters. “I honestly was pretty shocked, it is one thing when you inspect and you think, ‘OK its going to be a little rattley’ but it was like jarring, it was a fight just make it down the whole way,” said Vonn who has a bruised shin.

“I was barely in my tuck on any part of the course. It is probably the worst course for my shin,” she continued. I was surprised, really surprised, I almost went out off the course a couple of times but it wasn’t bad skiing – it was fighting to make it down skiing. I feel like it’s not the same as it is in the World Cup, I’ve never run a course this bumpy before — it is not a feel good course, not a fun course, it is just a stick your nose in it and ski down course.

“If you are aggressive, you can be fast. I know what to do it is just a matter of fighting down the course,” she added.

Lindsey’s good friend and stiffest competition in the World Cup circuit, Maria Riesch, added that the course “was pretty rough and bumpy and not so easy. The whole thing is bumpy actually — the lower section was OK now because we came from the middle but if you come from the top and have a lot of speed it is going to be bumpy.”

Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby put in her two cents as well: “It was really, really bad on top, one of the worst I have ever made in fact,” she told Reuters. “There are holes on the top and they are soft, you can’t go round them, you just have to go in them and they are too soft for them to just (repair) them,” she said.

Asked whether she considered the course dangerous, Lindell-Vikarby said “I think so, yes.”