By Karen Price | Dec. 16, 2017, 9:31 a.m. (ET)
Lindsey Vonn celebrates winning the women's Super-G at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Dec. 16, 2017 in Val d'Isere, France.


After several crashes, back pain and other trouble so far this season, Lindsey Vonn finally broke through on Saturday and won her first world cup race since a downhill victory nearly a year ago.

Saturday’s downhill at Val d’Isere, France, was changed to a shortened Super-G after snow and wind canceled training for the second day in a row. That was no problem for Vonn, who has 28 career wins in super-G, clocking a time of 1:04.86 to earn the 78th world cup win of her career. It was her first since a downhill victory at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in January and her first super-G win since Cortina d'Ampezzo in January 2016. 

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Italy’s Sofia Goggia was second with a time of 1:05.17 and Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel finished third in 1:05.25. Laurenne Ross of the U.S. also placed in the top 10 with an eighth-place finish.

The three-time Olympian and 2010 downhill gold medalist has had her share of frustrations so far this season. In her first race of the season, and first giant slalom since January 2016, she finished 34th. In the first downhill of the season at Lake Louise, Vonn was headed for a victory but crashed late, and then last weekend she hurt her back during a super-G run at St. Moritz on Saturday and had to pull out of Sunday’s race.

Vonn has had a lot of success at Val d’Isere, however, with 10 podium finishes and seven wins beginning with a downhill victory 10 years ago. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.