American Lindsey Vonn at the Super-G Val d’Isere, December 16, 2017
The boss is back! After a sluggish start to the season, Lindsey Vonn of the United States set the record straight on Saturday by winning the first super-G of Val d’Isère, improving her record for the number of victories on the circuit (78).
The Colorado skier, bib N.6, had the chance to pass in the first and to benefit from conditions of visibility perhaps a little better than the following competitors, but she made a very clean copy technically, very committed, to win the 78th success of his career in the World Cup, his 28th in super-G.
She was no longer on the top of the podium since the Garmisch-Partenkirchen descent on 21 January, which was her only victory of 2017 so far.
The 33-year-old American, who remains the star of the women’s circuit, was ahead of Italy’s Sofia Goggia (2nd) and Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel (3rd) of 31 / 100th and 39 / 100th, respectively. a dose of confidence after a chaotic start to the season.
Vonn had indeed dropped in the first downhill of the season in Lake Louise, on a track that she appreciates so much, and finished 12th in the second downhill. She had fallen again in the Canadian super-G and had also hurt her back last week in the Super-G St Moritz, where she took only 24th place.
– First podium for Mowinckel –
But all worries about her health were quickly lifted Saturday and the Olympic downhill champion (2010) could still embellish his record with the second super-G Val d’Isère, scheduled for Sunday. The avaline station is organizing two super-G this weekend to resume the second round of St Moritz, canceled last Sunday due to bad weather.
The conditions were still delicate Saturday and the departure had been lowered. Intermittent snowfall made visibility shifting and the test was interrupted several times.
Conditions that did not disturb Sofia Goggia, winner of the super-G Jeongseon in March, who was ranked 2nd this time to climb on his 14th podium.
And Ragnhild Mowinckel will long remember this downhill Saturday as the Norwegian, 25, third, has mounted on her very first World Cup podium.
The leader of the general classification, the American Mikaela Schiffrin, has passed the Val d’Isère: she is resting for the technical tests of Courchevel next week.
French side, Tessa Worley, in progress lately in Super-G, was well gone but made a very big mistake at the level of „the bump to Emile“: she came close to the fall and if she managed to stay on her skis, this fault made him waste a lot of time. The giant specialist finished 27th, more than 2 seconds behind Vonn.
Romane Miradoli, 11th, finished better tricolor, just in front of Tiffany Gauthier (13th).