In challenging conditions, Slovenia’s Tina Maze earned her 12th medal in total after dominated the women’s downhill during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship 2015. Right behind her was Austria’s Anna Fenninger in second, and then Lara Gut of Switzerland took 3rd place.
The U.S. ski team contributed their highest scoring racer to Lindsey Vonn who locked down 5th place in the World Championships downhill at Beaver Creek.
Vonn stated to the U.S. Ski Team, ”You have to hit the line right in a couple of key sections. Today with the faster speeds, my timing was just a little bit off. Sometimes I was little too early, sometimes a little too late. I haven’t really had a great feel for the course yet. I’m the only one who didn’t do the World Cup downhill [on the Raptor] last year. I tried my best. It just wasn’t my day, unfortunately.”
She went on to recognize that she skied as well as she could, “I’m happy, honestly. I did the best I could. I fought my whole way down. I was so focused. I visualized the course a thousand times. I did everything I could do and more. It just wasn’t a great run. It was a good run—a top five-worthy run—but it wasn’t a good enough run for a medal today. I’m going home happy because I skied my best.”
Behind Vonn representing the U.S. Ski Team was Julia Mancuso who took 16th, and then Laurenne Ross in 17th. Despite Stacey Cook’s rough crash during training just the day before, she took 19th overall for the U.S.
Men’s downhill will begin tomorrow at 11:00am MST. Head Coach Sasha Rearick announced the starters as Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill winners Steven Nyman and Travis Ganong, joined by Weibrecht and Jared Goldberg.
“I think the preparation has come a long way since yesterday evening. The snow has hardened up really nicely. The track is in great condition. This has always been one of my favorites. I’m excited about it.” – Andrew Weibrecht
Head Coach Sash Rearick also commented, “We’ve had a great downhill season so far with young guys stepping up and old guys playing the game. With Bode out, it was nice to see the other guys step up and make our decision tough. It was a really tough decision to not race Marco (Sullivan). He’s been a proven leader. The decision was made with Marco, and I want to emphasize that. Marco stated that this is our best team—Ganong, Weibrecht, Nyman and Goldberg. He understands. Of course he wants to race and be there and knows he can do well. But I’m really stoked about the group of guys we will have starting.”