Vonn Dominates in Weekend’s Races

A slow World Cup weekend for the men, but a very, very fast one for Lindsey Vonn

Warm, drizzly weather threw a wrench into the men’s events in Adelboden, Switzerland, this weekend. Giant slalom was cancelled January 9 due to heavy fog and the wrong kind of precipitation. Slalom went ahead as planned, with Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen in first. Marcel Hirscher (currently leading overall this season) missed him by just .06 seconds, and Alexander Khoroshilov, of Russia, came in third.

Racer takes turn at World Cup
Henrik Kristoffersen gets low on the race course to take the top spot on the podium at the World Cup. PHOTO: Courtesy Henrik Kristoffersen/Facebook.

In the past, Adelboden has been a good spot for Hirscher, who has won five GS and slalom races on the cow-pasture-turned-race-course. Don’t be fooled by the docile setting though—Adelboden is widely regarded as the most difficult GS course on the World Cup circuit.

With a downhill win this weekend, Vonn matched the all-time best mark in the discipline. PHOTO: Courtesy Lindsey Vonn/Facebook
With a downhill win this weekend, Vonn matched the all-time best mark in the discipline. PHOTO: Courtesy Lindsey Vonn/Facebook

Meanwhile, Lindsey Vonn continued to dominate the women’s races, inching ever closer to becoming the most decorated World Cup racer of all time. Vonn already holds the record for most GS wins, and with a downhill win (her 36th win in the discipline) she matched Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell’s all-time best mark in the discipline. She took the downhill at 2:11.17, followed by a full second by Canada’s Larisa Yurkiw. Vonn also won Super G, followed by Switzerland’s Lara Gut. Austria’s Cornelia Huetter took third in both events.

After her second win this weekend, Vonn said she’s finally back in full force after her 2013 knee injury. “The best Lindsey ever? I am definitely stronger mentally and I think I am matching my form from the 2011-12 season…The only difference is, I am a little bit older now, and a little bit smarter. It’s still sad, looking back at that injury. But I’ve learned a lot since. It was the hardest moment in my career, I lost so much time, I lost the Olympics. But I am proud of what I’ve done since.”

The upcoming weekend will see more weather-related changes, with Flachau, Austria, replacing Ofterschwang, Germany, for the upcoming women’s races on January 16 and 17.

RESULTS:

Adelboden, Switzerland
Men’s Slalom, January 10
1. Henrik Kristoffersen, Norway 1:51.34
2. Marcel Hirscher, Austria 1:51.40
3. Alexander Khoroshilov, Russia 1:51.94

Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria
Women’s Downhill
1. Lindsey Vonn, USA 2:11.17
2. Larisa Yurkiw, Canada 2:12.17
3. Cornelia Huetter, Austria 2:12.83

Women’s Super G
1. Lindsey Vonn, USA 1:12.75
2. Lara Gut, Switzerland 1:13.45
3. Cornelia Huetter, Austria 1:14.00