Vonn Dominates Again

In World Cup action, the American tightens her grip, while the men test run South Korea's tenuous Olympic venue

Carlo Janka, this weekend's champion, catching air at speeds that might make a normal human pass out. PHOTO: Carlo Janka/Facebook
Carlo Janka, this weekend’s champion, catching air at speeds that might make a normal human pass out. PHOTO: Carlo Janka

The World Cup men made history this weekend, competing in South Korea’s first-ever World Cup downhill at Jeongseon—which was also the first test event for the site of the 2018 Olympics. The state of the race course was in limbo earlier this season, as officials struggled to provide adequate snow cover and complete construction of the gondola. However, by the time this weekend’s races rolled around, the athletes were happy with the finished product

Though the course was covered in mostly man-made snow, it held up well through two sunny, cold days of racing. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud took first in Saturday’s downhill, his first downhill win of the season, followed by Italy’s Dominik Paris and American Steven Nyman. After clearing a light snowfall Sunday night, the GS course was in great condition as well. Switzerland’s Carlo Janka took first, followed by Italy’s Christof Innerhofer—his first time on the podium this season–and Vincent Kriechmays, a young racer from Austria for whom the Sunday podium was a career second. The men’s podium continues to be unpredictable in the wake of injuries that left Aksel Lund Svindal, Ted Ligety, and other favorites out for the season.

The women, on the other hand, remain (for the most part) under Lindsey Vonn’s total domination/monarchical reign/iron fist. She took first by more than 1.5 seconds in Saturday’s downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Germany. She executed a near-perfect run, leading her rivals at every interval on a course that hardened up considerably between the training run and race day. The win places Vonn at 76 career wins, just 10 away from legend Ingemar Stenmark’s record 86 wins, and rockets her even further ahead of her rivals in overall and downhill standings. Switzerland’s Fabienne Suiter took second, coming off of a muscle tear that left her sidelined for Altenmarkt-Zauchensee and performing poorly in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Germany’s own Viktoria Rebensburg took third. In Sunday’s super-G, Switzerland’s Lara Gut left a disappointing Saturday behind her to take first ahead of Rebensburg, who was thrilled to podium twice in her home country. Vonn took third, stating that she was happy with her performance, would rather be safe than sorry, and that she “couldn’t win them all.” Though she noted that a Bronco’s Super Bowl win would make up for her third place.

Check out the complete results below:

Jeongseon, Korea

Men’s Downhill, February 6, 2016
1. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR): 1:41.38
2. Dominik Paris (ITA): 1:41.58
3. Steven Nyman (USA): 1:41.79

Men’s Super G, February 7, 2016
1. Carlo Janka (SUI): 1:26.16
2. Christof Innerhofer (ITA): 1:26.98
3. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT): 1:27.22

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Women’s Downhill, February 6, 2016
1. Lindsey Vonn (USA): 1:40.802
2. Fabienne Suiter (SUI): 1:42.31
3. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER): 1:42.37

Women’s Super G, February 7, 2016
1. Lara Gut (SUI): 1:20.51
2. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER): 1:20.66
3. Lindsey Vonn (USA): 1:20.74