Lindsey Vonn achieved a hard-fought second place on the Olympia della Tofane downhill in Cortina, Italy. Vonn was second to Italian Daniela Merighetti who earned the first victory of her career. It was the ninth podium finish in Cortina for Vonn, and her sixth podium this season. Vonn currently has the lead in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings today by 244 and the downhill standings by 127!
Speaking to her huge lead in points, Vonn said, “It’s always tough, whether you’re leading overall or you’re trailing and you’re trying to catch up. For some reason, the overall is always on my mind. For me, the main focus is just to ski my best every day and try not to think about the points.”
The rest of the women’s team was in top form as well, with Stacey Cook taking sixth, and Julia Mancuso snagged ninth. Today’s results bring Mancuso to sixth place in the World Cup downhill standing, with Cook 10th behind their leading teammate Vonn.
Extremely windy conditions made the race difficult for all the athletes and proved to be a major factor in today’s results, “The problem at the start was that the wind was swirling and I couldn’t even see the first gate, so I was kind of laughing to myself. There’s not much you can do when it’s so windy, so you just have to try to ski your best. I thought I skied well. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough for the win today. Second place is a really solid result given the conditions.”
Stacey Cook agrees, “It (the wind) was definitely was a factor, and I’m not really sure what side of it I was on. I know that I definitely had some wind over the first jump, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to pull out of it. If it was any bigger, I think it would have taken me. But I made it through that, and I just tried to think of tucking and skiing well. That was the only thing I thought about the whole time, and I think it worked. I fell a little out of control at the bottom, which usually means you’re going fast.”
Action continues Sunday morning with the super G
Universal Sports will air the women’s downhill at 11 a.m. ET