In only her second competition back since fracturing her right arm just two months ago, Lindsey Vonn is back on top. After shaking off rust with a 13th-place finish last weekend in Austria, Vonn won Saturday’s downhill world cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Tenth in qualifying, the three-time Olympian and 2010 Olympic downhill champion covered the course in 1:43.41 for her 77th world cup victory, her 36th in downhill. Austria’s Lara Gut was second, 0.15 seconds behind, while Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg was third, 0.48 seconds off Vonn’s winning pace.
“Words can’t describe how happy I am right now!!” she tweeted after the race. “Hard work pays off in the end!! I did it!!”
It has been a long road back for Vonn, whose comeback from a knee injury suffered last February was derailed when she broke her right arm Nov. 10 during a training run, an injury that also cause nerve damage that limited mobility in her hand.
Garmisch has been a productive course for Vonn, who has won seven times out of nine podiums there. She hopes to add a fifth Garmisch super-G podium Sunday; a victory would give her 78 world cup titles and draw her closer to the record 86 set by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark. She already holds the women’s record.
Breezy Johnson gave Team USA two racers among the top 10, posting a 1:45.02 for 10th place.