It’s official. Lindsey Vonn is back to her old superstar self! The alpine skiing sensation finished Saturday’s Lake Louise downhill in first place to pick up her 55th career victory in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup. Vonn now ties Swiss legend Vreni Schneider for second on the all time wins list. Teammate Stacey Cook followed in second place, for the second consecutive one-two finish for Team USA at Lake Louise.
Lindsey Vonn displayed her skiing prowess by turning a near disaster into a victory. Already .24 seconds behind the leader, Vonn went super wide on a turn near the midway point to fall even further behind. However, once she neared the bottom section she poured on the speed to finish .52 ahead.
After the race Stacey Cook said, ” There was a second there that I actually thought I might win this thing, but Lindsey is amazing. When she made that mistake my heart actually stopped for a second. She’s amazing, she’s the only athlete that could stop on course and then still win.”
Even Lindsey was surprised to make such a dramatic comeback, saying, “I was going into Fishnet today with a lot more speed than yesterday. I felt like I just hit a few bumps and caught my inside ski and almost went into the fence then somehow kept going. It was definitely interesting, but I didn’t give up. I haven’t won with that big of a mistake before.”
This finish moves Vonn into fourth place in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup standing. She trails Tina Maze of Slovenia, 347-210. Vonn and Cook are number one and two in the downhill standings.
Today’s finish marks Cook’s second career podium, and the second victory in as many days. The veteran skier could be on the verge of a hot streak that could prove to be the most significant World Cup season in her career. The entire Cook family was present to cheer her on!
“I hope this is the tip of the iceberg for me.” said Cook. “My coaches have told me that I’m like a fine wine – that I get better with age and it’s true. I just hope the body holds out with the age. This has a long time coming and I’m just now starting to believe that this is actually happening.”
Will Lindsey Vonn go for a clean sweep in Sunday’s super G? Will Stacey Cook’s winning streak continue?
Find out Sunday when the Lake Louise super G is broadcast live on Universal Sports TV at and 2:30 p.m. ET.
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