Lindsey Vonn Beats Rival For Bittersweet 80th World Cup Win

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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — Lindsey Vonn edged Sofia Goggia in a foretaste of the Pyeongchang Olympic downhill on Saturday, elevating her profession whole to 80 World Cup victories.

The American standout beat Goggia by two hundredths of a second as their ongoing rivalry in Alpine snowboarding’s quickest self-discipline continued.

“It’s an enormous quantity,” Vonn stated of her 80 wins, which is simply six wanting the all-time report set by Swedish nice Ingemar Stenmark within the 1980s.

“I bear in mind after I received my 50th right here, I by no means thought I’d even get near Annemarie Moser-Proell’s report (of 62 wins) and now I get near Stenmark’s. It’s unbelievable,” she stated.

“Additionally the timing of this win, coming into the Olympics,” Vonn added. “I actually really feel robust mentally and bodily. I by no means thought in my life I’d get 80 wins so it’s an enormous day.”

Vonn skied a strong run however didn’t appear to go to the bounds as she trailed Italian rival Goggia by zero.08 on the final cut up time. Nonetheless, Vonn overcame the deficit within the remaining part.

“I undoubtedly skied aggressively, don’t get me fallacious, however I didn’t go away all of the playing cards on the desk,” Vonn stated. “I maintain these additional aces for the Olympics.”

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It was Vonn’s second straight downhill win after Cortina, Italy, two weeks in the past. She and Goggia are the one racers with multiple downhill victory this season.

Cornelia Huetter of Austria was zero.13 behind in third, whereas Vonn’s American teammate Breezy Johnson completed fourth for her profession greatest end result.

Earlier Saturday, Johnson and Vonn posted the quickest instances in a compulsory coaching session two hours earlier than the race, after coaching was canceled on the earlier two days.

Vonn’s pleasure was tempered, nonetheless, by teammate Jacqueline Wiles’ crash.

Shortly after finishing her run and taking the lead within the race, Vonn noticed on a big video display screen within the end space how Wiles fell, slid via a gate and went into the protection netting. Wiles appeared to have harm her knee and needed to be transported off the hill by helicopter.

Earlier, Lauren Ross, who’s working her means again after a extreme knee harm, additionally crashed laborious however she stood up and finally skied down.

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“It was actually laborious to truly be completely happy and excited and have a good time as a result of Jackie is within the hospital,” stated Vonn about Wiles, who has been financially supported by Vonn’s basis.

“It’s a extremely tough day for the entire workforce,” Vonn stated. “I’m completely happy that Lauren wasn’t harm. I feel she shall be actually sore tomorrow however at the least her knee is OK. We’re simply all hoping that Jackie is OK.”

One other downhill on the Kandahar course is scheduled for Sunday, the final World Cup race earlier than the Olympics, and Vonn was anticipating one other shut duel with Goggia.

The Italian edged Vonn in each velocity races that had been held as check occasions on the Olympic hill in South Korea final 12 months.

“She is at all times risking all the pieces, she’s the individual that I’ve to beat,” stated the American, who’s chasing one other Olympic downhill medal so as to add to the gold she received in Vancouver 2010.

“She is a character that’s actually wanted on the World Cup,” Vonn added. “We’re enjoying a bit recreation with one another: who has the hundredths, you recognize. It makes it extra thrilling for us and likewise for the spectators.”

Goggia was smiling and hugged Vonn afterward.

“From the beginning gate to the crimson end line, it’s a battle. However after, we’re associates,” Goggia stated. “That is the rivalry that I like. It’s actually enjoyable and difficult for me.”

The Italian’s daredevil fashion of racing has generally been seen as just like Bode Miller’s method, however Goggia laughs off any comparisons with the American nice.

“It could be an important honor simply to have 1 p.c of Bode,” she stated. “I’m far-off from him. I’m a present woman on the skis generally and I feel that’s the one factor we have now in widespread. He has a category that I’ll by no means attain.”

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