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Five For Friday: Alpine Skiing

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 22, 2016, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Lindsey Vonn competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women's giant slalom on Jan. 17, 2016 in Flachau, Austria.


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Legendary women’s downhill skier Annemarie Moser-Proell was on the slopes to greet U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn personally when Vonn tied her career downhill record two weeks ago in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria.

Saturday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, Vonn will go after her 37th world cup downhill victory and sole possession of the world record.

The women’s competition also includes a super-G on Sunday. Vonn, who has a record 73 world cup wins, won both the downhill and super-G events in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee. Vonn is in second place in the world cup overall points standings, trailing Switzerland’s Lara Gut by just 50 points. Vonn is the points leader in both downhill and super-G.

Joining Vonn, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist, in the downhill are 2014 Olympic teammates Stacey Cook, who is ranked eighth in the downhill points standings, and Laurenne Ross, who is ranked 17th. Also in the running are 2010 Olympian Alice McKennis, 2014 Olympian Jacqueline Wiles, Breezy Johnson, Anna Marno, Abby Ghent and Alice Merryweather.

TV: 2-3:30 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, Universal HD

The U.S. men are in Kitzbuhel, Austria, for the famed Hahnenkamm downhill Saturday. Also on the schedule are super-G and alpine combined races Friday, and a slalom event Sunday.

Chasing after podium finishes in the downhill are four-time Olympian Marco Sullivan, three-time Olympian Steven Nyman, two-time Olympian Andrew Weibrecht, 2014 Olympian Travis Ganong, Jared Goldberg, Wiley Maple and Bryce Bennett. Ganong is in 10th place in the downhill points standings.

David Chodounsky, who is the top American in the slalom standings at 13th place, had a top-20 finish at the last slalom world cup in Wengen, Switzerland.

TV: 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Universal HD

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.