Lindsey Vonn Wins Second Downhill In Two Weeks As Olympic Winter Games Loom

By Karen Price | Feb. 03, 2018, 9:28 a.m. (ET)
Lindsey Vonn celebrates winning the women's downhill at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Feb. 3, 2018 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

 

Lindsey Vonn is on a roll heading into her fourth Olympic Games.

The weather wasn’t cooperating in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and the men were already on their way to PyeongChang, but Vonn and the U.S. women’s ski team didn’t let that stop them from squeaking in another big performance before the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Vonn on Saturday won the second-to-last world cup downhill race before the Olympics, turning in a time of 1:12.84. Thursday’s and Friday’s training runs were canceled because of weather, and Saturday started with a morning training run followed by a one-run sprint downhill race from the super-G start.

She’ll go for another win on Sunday as Garmisch-Partenkirchen hosts one last women’s downhill race before the skiers head to South Korea.

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The victory was Vonn’s second in two weeks, following a win and a second-place finish in downhill last month in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Her record world cup win total is now up to 80.

Vonn’s win in Cortina d’Ampezzo was her first downhill victory since winning on the German course where she’s racing this weekend a year earlier in just her second race back from injury. She’s now landed on the podium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 11 times with eight victories. Vonn also had the fastest time in the super-G last weekend in Switzerland and finished fourth in the combined. 

Vonn was second in Saturday morning’s training run to teammate Breezy Johnson, who finished fourth in the race. Alice McKennis was 17th and Stacey Cook was 22nd, giving Team USA four skiers in the top 25.

In other alpine skiing news, Alice Merryweather, 21, was added to the U.S. Olympic Team on Saturday, replacing the quota spot held by Steven Nyman. Nyman, who would have been competing in his fourth Winter Games, was injured on Jan. 26 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and will be unable to compete.

Merryweather, from Hingham, Massachusetts, won downhill gold last season at the FIS junior world championships. She finished 37th on Saturday

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