The U.S. Women’s Alpine Team continued to shine this weekend at Saturday’s downhill event in Garmisch. Laurenne Ross led the charge with a stunning second place finish, earning her very first career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium!
“I haven’t had the best downhill results over the last couple weeks, so I’ve been a little bit tentative with my skiing,” said Ross. “So today I knew I had to send it. I knew that if I didn’t give it everything I had I would regret it in the finish. So I just put it all on the line and skied it as fast as I could. It wasn’t perfect, but I was just trying to tuck everywhere I could and find every bit of speed.”
Slovenian ski star Tina Maze notched yet another victory, raising her total World Cup points to 2,024, propelling her past Austrian Hermann Maier’s single season World Cup point record of 2,000 points. The win also made her the third women in World Cup history to stand atop the podium for all five disciplines in the same season.
Despite missing the last two downhill events, Lindsey Vonn still maintains her lead in the discipline’s point standings. Being that the skier is out for the remainder of the season, it is going to be a difficult position to hold on to. Maze is close behind in second. Cook fourth, Mancuso ninth, McKennis 10th, Smith 12th and Ross 16th.
Alice McKennis suffered a rough crash during the later section of her run. The skier was evacuated by helicopter, per FIS procedure and later diagnosed with a fractured right tibial plateau. She’ll likely be out until next season, but fortunately, her injuries are non-life threatening.
When asked about witnessing her teammate’s crash, Ross responded by saying, “Yea that’s so tough, especially when it’s your own teammate that crashes and you’re standing in the start waiting to go. But that’s something that happens all the time for us and it’s just something that you have to block out of your head. You can’t let it get to you up there or you’re not going to have a good run, you’re not going to put it all out there. I was a little sad at first, I kind of let it get to me a little bit, and I was like, ‘No, I need to snap out of it. I need to get in my zone. This is my run.’ I just had to focus. I think that’s really important when something like that happens.”